I don’t know what it is about writing in coffee shops. I’ve seen many writers recommend finding a quiet corner at home, away from distractions. Turn off the internet, grab a spot of tea, shut out the world. I don’t know about you, but I need more stimulation to get the mental juices flowing. I need music. I’ve put together a soundtrack that works for the mood of my current project. Music I’m familiar with. I suspect new music might really distract me, but no music at all simply wouldn’t put me in the emotional space I need to write. Caffein helps. I need my mocha, iced or hot. It’s comforting yet energizing. And strangely enough, I like having people around me when I write. I don’t want the distraction of socializing with friends or acquaintances, but having people around helps me write about people. I’ve always enjoyed people-watching, you learn so much. The challenge, balance the distraction of people-watching with the hard work of writing. And don’t be afraid to go back to the barista for a refill.