Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
Or tea masquerading as coffee
Technology (with a side of coffee)
Sometimes I want to write on my computer, but there are certainly days when I really need paper and an awesome pencil to get my ideas down. And then there are those days, where an iPad is perfect for jotting notes and creating images. It also helps to have a sturdy bag to carry it all, and my Patagonia backpack is comfy with the right organization inside. And the charging cords, never forget the charging cords.
These little guys get their own category. You can always write on a random napkin with a borrowed pen if you forget everything else, but your earbuds, they are a lifesaver when your chatty coffee shop partners feel the urge to utilize speaker phone or the music is not your jam or you need to drown out the world to hear yourself think.
Where I write can make all the difference in the world. This is why I can often be found traipsing around the greater Los Angeles area in search of the perfect coffee shop or writing space. And then there are the spaces that we create in our homes. Comfy chairs are always nice, and it never hurts to have a trendy giraffe looking over your shoulder.
A Nice View
This might be superfluous, but I do think that having nice views and nature and beauty help the creative juices flow. Some days my nice views are spectacular, and sometimes they are just a little flower outside a window in the city. They don’t have to be grand to be beautiful.
Writing is a creative process, and in that process, inspiration is always welcome. Wether it be art or going for a bike ride or the perfect quote to remind you of your dreams, find inspiration that speaks to you and fuels your creative drive.
There are times that silence is golden for life and writing, but plenty of times, tunes focus me and help me feel my words. I have different playlists for different types of writing. Some are for deadlines. Others are for dreams.
There is no doubt when I write that I can get lost in the words, but it’s important to remember to feed that brain and those fingers. Snacks and meals can be a source of healthy nutrients, and if they are tasty and beautiful, they can also be inspiration.
What do you need when you write? How do you stay focused and inspired? Where do you enjoy letting the words flow? Tell us in the comments what makes your writing day perfect.