write what you know ...
One of the benefits of writing in a coffee shop, especially the Penny Coffee House - http://pennycoffeehouse.com/ - is that there is never a shortage of inspiration walking in the door. Endless opportunities to chartacter sketch, snippets of conversation to record and even the chalk dusted menu offers inspirational adjectives.
I truly believe that nurturing your will to write will be fed by what life brings you to write about. Jung aptly described it, as “That which is most personal is most common”. Write what you know, write what is in your life and you will feed your passion for words with your life experiences. When I find I am struggling with writing it is often because I am not personally balancing who I am with what I do.
One of the best writings I continue to enjoy over and over, is Stephen King’s bestseller, On Writing. King sets out to describe the benefits of the writing lifestyle in a simplistic straightforward manner by simply telling us not how he writes but rather how he lives and in that insight in some round-about way he offers endless valuable lessons on how to write. King unknowingly backs up my belief that there is some positive harmony in life and writing. A hundred pages into the book he speaks of his office space, his own desk, about the job and what he came to know:
“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.” Stephen King