Today, I actually sat down to write in a coffee shop for the first time. That maybe sounds weird, but it was honestly the first time I had sat down in a coffee shop, with my laptop, with the intention of writing, and actually doing it. Granted, I work at said coffee shop, made my own coffee, and sat down at the bar I typically serve drinks behind, but still, it was a first.
I always see people writing while I work. It’s like the coffee shop is the place to come and write, and I have always wondered how a coffee shop is really all that inspiring. Maybe it’s my bias from not wanting to be constantly be in the setting I work in, but I have never really gotten the bug to go to a coffee shop for the sole purpose of writing (I could do that in my dorm room). I also feel as though I make an immediate judgment about people that write in coffee shops (ya know…the pumpkin spice latte type…).
So I decided to try it. And honestly it wasn’t all that bad.
No one died from shock, I didn’t die from writer’s block, and I actually managed to write this post, and several others that I have been working on. I had originally thought that the business and the noise would be too distracting for me (I usually write in my dorm room with the door closed, playing the same song on repeat). However, the familiar sounds of steaming milk and scooping ice from the cooler actually weren’t a bother (maybe because they are so familiar), and the people talking and laughing around me seemed to fade into the background as I wrote (I’m honestly starting to feel like the basic pumpkin spice latte consumer as I’m writing this….apparently all I have is writing clichés…sorry guys…).
Overall, I’d rate my coffee shop writing experience as a good one. While it isn’t my favorite place to write, and I wouldn’t do it on a regular basis, just because I spend most of my time in that coffee shop (shoutout to Townsquare Coffee House in Orange City, Iowa!), it was more enjoyable than I though it would be and it might occasionally happen after a long shift here and there.