The title of this blog is The Gypsy Muse is for several reasons. First, I find that inspiration comes to me from so many places and in so many ways. A phrase on the radio, a commerical, a house on a street I’ve never been on before. I have a stack of paper with notes on each page from ideas I jotted down in my car. I have another stack from my nightstand drawer.
The second reason is that as I writer, I like to work in different places. I know other writers who are hardly productive outside of their normal writing spaces, but as much as I love the writing room I have in my home (and more about that another time) I find being in other places and spaces not only fun but almost necessary at times. I need to get out of my “usual” and into something a new to get my Muse flowing and dancing again.
Many of the places I’ll blog about on Wednesday are locations I love going to – or even hope to go to – and some will be websites that draw me back over and over whether for research of pleasure.
In the fall of 2010 the Merrimack Valley got a great new place for writers to visit. A Novel Cafe on Rte 38 in Tewksbury is half independent book store and half full cafe with tables of various sizes, big couches and a fire place. I spent over three hours writing there in November during Nanowrimo. I purchased coffee and was left alone to enjoy the space, my drink, and my manuscript. As a future Municipal Liason for Nanowrimo, I plan to schedule lots of events there over the course of next November.
Any booklover – and bookstore lover – knows two things about independent bookstores. They are wonderful places to visit and risky business ventures. I hope the word continues to get out about A Novel Cafe and this wonderful place to wander, shop and write is successful for a long time to come.