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7 Authors’ Places to Write

Hi everyone, In todays post I am doing where famous Authors found there special place that draws on their imagination and inspired them to write their novels.

Finding Your Inspiration

Everyone needs somewhere to write. There’s nothing quite like finding your own special niche, a place that you can create, for it is where all the magic happens. Virginia Woolf got it right when she said “every writer needs a room of one’s own.”

There are some writers who have a special corner in the house, while others will have a home office, but if you’re like me that “special place” is my summerhouse that I turned into a writing office. For some writers they can only work somewhere that is distraction free, as they need the solitude for them to get inspired. Then there are some writers who find that they need to be surrounded by people, like a café where they can get endless cups of coffee and food readily available. It doesn’t matter where you write, as long as it works for you, each writer is different and have their own unique way of doing things, because finding that special spot is half the battle.

1. Mercer Hotel, New York City

Some will know Carole Radziwill from Real Housewives of New York City, whom is an accomplished author who knows all too well about using people for her inspiration. “The best place to spot interesting characters and steal dialogue is the lobby of the Mercer Hotel.” said Carole Radziwill. “On any given day you can see supermodels and rock stars and Hollywood directors taking meetings with their stars.”

2. Eden Bar, Orlando

Orlando is a place where many writers have emerge from, and Vanessa Blakeslee is no exception to the rules, for she is at the forefront of it. Tucked away from the theme parks and the tourist traps, is a very cosy outdoor setting, called Eden Bar. This is where you will find Vanessa doing her best work. “I’ve sat underneath the majestic oaks or at the bar with my notebook, drafting new fiction. Eden bar lives up to its name, it is an oasis of creativity that keeps on giving.”

3. The Elephant House, Scotland

J.K. Rowling started her writing career, in a café shop, where she began to write the Harry Potter Series, she would spend hours in The Elephant House in Edinburgh that it became like a second home to her. The Café prides itself on housing J.K Rowling in its early Potter drafting days. They keep a small shrine of articles and photos capturing her early days in The Elephant House, Rowling once said “It’s no secret that the best place to write is in a café. You don’t have to make your own coffee, and you don’t have to feel like you’re in solitary confinement.” If you want a place to feel inspired, there’s no better place than Edinburgh, the birth place of Harry Potter, it would easily inspire the inner self.

4. Amtrak, Anywhere USA

If you’re tired of the same thing day after day, and want to try something new, you have come to the right place. There are many towns that have an Amtrak station stop, for a very reasonable price, you could take a trip and treat yourself to a truly mobile office. “Usually its trains, where I get the most writing done.” Says Writer Alexander Chee.” I think anonymity and displacement help me no matter where I am, I need to feel like I’ve vanished and no one can find me.”

5. Intelligentsia, Venice Beach

Screenwriter Scott Neustadter says, “The more chaos that’s happening, the more I can focus,” Neustadter is famous for writing Indie’s love story 500 Days of summer, and adapted numerous John Green’s novels.  Neustadter as claimed that he had wrote the adaption of The Fault in Our Stars in only three days at this highly popular coffee shop called Intelligentsia. This shop is known for serving some of Hollywood finest screenwriters to date. It has become like a meeting place, somewhere other than a stuffy office to pitch the next big idea for a blockbuster movie. If you’re a writer and like a busy atmosphere then Intelligentsia café is a place to be.

6. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan

The “special spot” for some authors need to have a more virtual buzz than going to a café or a bar, as they need that little bit extra buzz. “I went to high school near the Met and since then, I’ve spent many an afternoon wandering its halls, discovering new things,” says author Melissa Grey. “One of my favourite places to mull over a story is the sculpture gallery. There’s a fountain in the center of the room and I’ve puzzled through a tricky plot more than once while sitting on one of the benches surrounding it.”

7. Kos Kaffe, Brooklyn

Pretty in Ink is the first novel of Lindsey Palmer, it takes a look at the world of female magazines, which Lindsey is very qualified to do. She as spent her time working for magazines such as Glamour, Redbook, and Self. Her subject material has come to her naturally, like finding the right spot at the coffee shop. “Kos has good strong coffee, plenty of sunshine with just enough background chatter to make me feel like I’m out in the world without distracting me from my own work,” Lindsey says.” As soon as I sit down to one of Kos’ small circular tables and breathe in the steam from my coffee, I know it’s time to focus and begin writing.”

Different writers have their own “special place” where they would write. A place that’s full of inspiration. When you are first starting out it is good to try various places to find out what works for you and what doesn’t, before deciding on your perfect spot. These are ideas for when our lives can get back to some form of normality.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Be safe and stay indoors, and I will see you all next week!

Leeds Art Gallery

When is Art just Art?

Hi everyone, one of my favorite things I love to do is; going to art galleries. There is nothing like looking at a piece of art and interpreting it to what you see. When I look at a painting hanging on the wall I try to imagine what the artist must have been thinking of, when they created their masterpiece. What was their inspiration for doing it? You can learn so much about painting, just by looking at them. It can give you the inspiration for a piece of writing that you keep putting off, or the way you take a photograph, it just captures the imagination, the stories you could create from just looking at a piece of art.

An art gallery is a place of wonder for many things, especially if you are someone that loves creating or even expressing yourself through art.

Art comes in many forms whether it is through using your hands to paint or carve a piece of artwork out, to expressing it through dance, singing or acting. It is a way to release your inner self, in whatever you do. Art comes to us all, you just don’t always know that you are doing it.

Here is a list of different ways to express yourself

  • Poetry or Writing a Story
  • Children Through Toys
  • Diary or Journal
  • Artwork (Drawing, Painting, Doodling)
  • Dance
  • Singing
  • Mimes
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Role Play

Finding The History in Art

If you look beyond the what you see, you will discover that there is a lot of history surrounding these paintings, like which period are they from, or what century was it done in, who was the artist, was he or she famous or unknown. What is there story leading up to this piece of art? There are so many questions, that need to be discovered. Are you someone that wants to know the answers. Go to your nearest Art Gallery and find that special picture that is waiting for you to discover it…

Have a good week!