by Robin Spano
This week's question: Where does the writing muse strike you?
My answer: A Top 10 list. Why not? OK actually it's two Top 5 lists.
TOP 5 PLACES TO WRITE
- Mornings at home alone, looking out the window
- Airport waiting lounges
- Coffee shops as long as (a) there's good coffee and (b) I'm not seated next to a narcissist who talks too loud
- Planes and trains in motion
- Hotel bars (only through the first glass of wine, then my brain is mush)
Key ingredients: stimulation and the luxury of solitary thought. (i.e., people and traffic are ok as long as they don't demand my focused attention)
TOP 5 PLACES TO GET INSPIRED/UNBLOCKED
Key ingredients: action—a job that wakes up the physical part of my brain without putting pressure on it intellectually. (I would add housework but I'd be lying.)