the social writers
November 23, 2013
This is a pretty interesting TED talk to me:
I am continually running into other writers who go to coffee shops to write. They do it communally. They think you will too. “Let’s get together at a coffee shop to write.”
To me this is a horrifying concept. Why in hell would anyone want to be surrounded by other people in a coffee shop while they WRITE?
To the social writers, though, it’s a foreign concept to need solitude to write — to the point some social writers have taken it very personally when I said there was no way I was going to meet them at a coffee shop to “write.”
I do not think the social writers believe me when I say I don’t write in coffee shops. My impression is the social writers think I am sneaking out to a secret coffee shop and just won’t share its location or go with them.
I guess you can’t blame the social writers. The social writers spend hours upon hours writing surrounded by other social writers in coffee shops full of social writers. They never see the other kind of writer. The solitary writer. The solitary writer is at not at the coffee shop.
And never will be.
PS: I had forgotten about this hilarious satirical piece from Hollywood & Swine till people in comments started talking about coffee houses liking or disliking writers taking up tables for long stretches of times. It is funny as hell:
Click That —> “Starbucks Bans Screenwriters From All 19,435 Locations Worldwide; Writers Guild of America Vows to Fight the Decision.”