Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Do you have a place outside your home where you like to write?

Sometimes there is nothing that gets the creative juices flowing like removing yourself from routine.

As you all know, I recently lost my FLASH drive with my current WIP on it. Well, I managed to piece it together most of it thanks to hard copies from critique sessions and writing prompts, but I was still in a mental block.

As I left work last night, I decided that a change of pace was in order. Good food, a little music, and great service was what I required. I could not have been more right.

I stopped at Margaritas Mexican restaurant on the way home. I was even greeted by my favorite waitress, Melissa. We chit-chatted for a few because it had been awhile since I had been there so we had to catch up. I even had to run out to my car in freezing cold and windy air to get a copy of CONNECT THE DOTS for her. *The cool part is that Melissa even knew this story was about Jake without me even telling her.*

One of the nicest things about going to a restaurant where you know the staff is that they know you. Melissa knows that I go there to write so after we chat and she brings me a Corona Light without me asking she leaves me to nibble on some chips and salsa and get into the groove of writing.

Which unbelievably did not take much effort last night. Maybe it was because the story was so fresh in my mind, maybe it was the atmosphere, maybe it was the beer. Whatever it was I was on a roll.

Once I finished the first beer, Melissa dropped off another and asked if she should put in my food order. At first I didn't understand what she had asked because I was so caught up in my writing. Thank goodness! My glazed expression must have given Melissa a clue because she smiled and said she would get me some food.

Now, the good and bad of Margarita's is that they are too efficient. The food comes too fast. This is why I always want one beer before I actually place an order. :-) See, there is reasoning behind my madness.

By the time the food comes I'm so into my writing that it's a tough decision between eating and typing. Somehow I manage to take bites in between sentences but I only ever get halfway thru my beef and cheese burrito. Last night, however, I actually had a third cerveza because I did not want to stop writing and lose the momentum. I am so very grateful that I didn't.

I finished chapter 4, which I had not done in the old version that went missing. And now I am ready to write what I hope is going to be a fun scene and the scene that started this story off so many months ago. This scene is where the nickname "Pink Undie Story" comes from. Chapter 5 is now my goal for this Friday!

Wish me luck.


MJ December 30, 2009 at 9:02 AM  

So glad the recovery is going so well. Food or writing. It is funny when that happens, I didn't get to be my size by ti happening too many times!

Emma Leigh December 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM  

So glad you are on a roll and caught back up on this story.

This time of year my favorite place to write is next to my fireplace where I can stay warm, however in the summer and nice weather, I love to take my laptop out to my rose garden when I can be alone.

Good luck on the new chapter.

Denise December 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

Thanks MJ and Emma Leigh.

MJ - it seems whenever I am out and writing/eating writing wins every time.

Emma Leigh can attest to this as we have had several occasions to be in a restaurant where we ordered food but the writing took priority.

Cynthia Spurr December 31, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

I'm glad that you are full steam ahead again.

I find there is nothing like going out to write. It never fails to get things moving, me and the story.

Panera Bread works well, nice overdose of caffeine via hot cappuccino or an Italian restaurant with Chianti also get me thinking fast. Though if you ever stop by and the lights are off, but you see a soft white light in the window, probably means I got wrapped up in the current chapter and forgot to turn the lights on. You might want to come in turn on the lights and tell me to eat and drink, cause I probably forgot to do that too ;-)


Denise December 31, 2009 at 6:56 PM  

Cynthia - One of my fave places to write is Panera. I forego the cappuccino and go straight for the cinnamon roll. :-)

Michelle Magill January 1, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

Well that's a happy ending to the very sad 'flash drive' disaster.

Keep writing.... it will probably be better than the one lost.

Denise January 1, 2010 at 4:02 PM  

Michelle - Yes it is!

Wait til you read about my blondest moment yet and it's only the first day of 2010.

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