Obviously, as a romance writer, I typically blog about writing… my writing, other people’s writing… but, there are things that go into my writing that aren’t just fingers on the keyboard, character sketches, and plot notes. There are some important things that make my writing work.
My imagination? No. My impressive vocabulary? Nah. My incredible grasp of story structure and character development? Nope.
I always have a cup sitting beside my computer as I write. I love it. I love how it smells, how it looks (coffee mixed with just the right amount of cream is my favorite shade of brown), how it tastes.
Now, my father would tell you that what I drink shouldn’t be called coffee. It’s true that I like to add things in. Cream of many flavors (hazelnut is one of my faves), chocolate, caramel, cinnamon… not all at once but… though come to think of it maybe I should try that!
I grew up in a coffee house. Not a coffeehouse, as in Central Perk from Friends, but a house where nobody above the age of eighteen left the house without visiting the coffee pot at least once. But my mom and dad both drink it straight up, black, full caffeine, no watering it down.
I got my love of sweet coffee from my grandpa. Grandpa always stirred some sugar into his and he didn’t mind pouring a bit into our little teacups. I believed for years that coffee was naturally sweet! (imagine my surprise when I tried to sneak a sip of my mom’s one day… )
Well, now I’ve grown up and moved beyond just a teaspoon of sugar. Bring on the whipped cream, the marshmallows, the white chocolate! I’ve really tried to cut back due to the caffeine and calories, but cutting back and cutting out entirely are different things! Coffee is an essential part of my writing process.
So, rather than the writing, let’s talk coffee. Tell me about yours. Do you love it? Hate it? If you hate it, what do you drink instead? If you love it, is it straight up, loaded with goodies, somewhere in between? If you’re a soul-sister (or brother) and you like it loaded up like me, what’s the best you’ve ever had?
Erin Nicholas has been reading and writing romantic fiction since her mother gave her a romance novel in high school and she discovered happily-ever-after suddenly went a little beyond glass slippers and fairy godmothers! She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).
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