How to Get that Writing in a Coffee Shop Vibe at Home

I found a lot of my friends in the writing community are having a tough time focusing. The Covid-19 blergh mind has hit us all, even the introverts are ready to do their introvert-y thing again. Those of us who have compromised immune systems, are getting outside for exercise and necessities, but saying no thank you to everything else.

Unfortunately, that means no writing in coffee shops for the extroverts among us. Writing is a solitary endeavor, but we don’t have to do it alone, even in the time of Corona. If you’re like me, you already belong to lots o’ writing groups both virtually and IRL. If you’re not like me but are feeling the lack of connectivity, try joining an online writing group on Facebook or MeWe, or wherever on social media. A lot of those groups are having virtual write-ins on Zoom, Google, or Discord. I host one almost daily for my Facebook writing group Speculative Twist.

It really helps me focus when I have the Brady Bunch-esque tiles of faces there on the screen while I type. We have humorous breaks as well as serious writerly discussions. Hope you find something out there that works for you!

If you write science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, horror, or anything under the category speculative fiction: join my group on Facebook here:

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Published by TJ Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

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