Today’s question comes from Debra at Away in Autumn
Question: Hi there, a question for your baristas. First, I love a chai tea latte with lots of cinnamon and chocolate sprinkles. My question is, how does being in a warm cafe with other writers and art-inspired people, while drinking a coffee or hot drink, affect the tone or mood or feel of your writing, or improve the inspiration you feel and sense of hope you might bring to your writing?
Answer: Thank you for your question. My answer is going to be an amalgamation of responses I have posted over WordPress and some new thoughts. I like your choice of drink, very Bohemian! I would be having a caramel latte sitting beside you!
I think sitting in a café gives us glimpses of life and that in itself is already the real inspiration. We don’t always write true stories, sometimes we need some fiction and then that fictional piece looks like it imitates our real life, hazah! a story is born! It’s because we are drawn to human connection even when it does not involve actually speaking or touching another person physically. Being in a space where others are writing fuels my desire to be heard too.
Sitting in a café where other writers gather gives me the drive to move on with my writing. I am so guilty of starting and never completing a project. Having a focused time to do just that is very important if we want to produce something tangible.
Here in Malaysia where I live, there are many book and poetry clubs, it’s a very vibrant scene and some spin off groups come out of that artistic community. I have recently been out in the real world (HAHAHA!) and there is a group of writers who gather at a café and just write, no communication needed, just a round of hellos and sometimes asking for feedback from another, but usually just silent camaraderie and the fellowship of writing and getting on with it. We don’t usually share stories but as in any social gathering we will gravitate to certain individuals and them to us and develop new bonds of friendship and understanding and then the real sharing begins. I never know when I am going to be deeply moved by another writer’s struggle to get where he/she is.
I ramble, always!
Similarly in this virtual café we are getting the same support, just not immediate sometimes but always present and as Stephen has mentioned somewhere, because we are international and cover a couple of time zones and a few continents there’s always a Barista awake to comment or just LIKE something we have poured our soul into. This is a living and breathing community in every sense. And I think the value we get from this connection is priceless. In Kuala Lumpur I am restricted to the people of my country and some foreigners who join us, here I have the wealth of diversity and flavour of race and culture and artistic genre.
Thank you for being a part of our community.
I am writing this sitting in a local café, its wet weather outdoors and I am sipping a very frothy cappuccino while my non-writer companion is frowning at my incessant typing! Time for a sticky bun!
Hope & Love,