It’s Blogtober Day 10 and I have another SUPER exciting post for you! If you remember, last week I was part of the blog tour for Double Double Toil by Amber Elby (FIND THAT HERE: ). Well today I’m back again on the blog tour with another guest post!
Today Amber is here to talk about her favourite places to write, which I think it such a wonderful thing to share! Let’s get into it! Oh and also if you get to the end of the post there may be a little surprise!Amber’s Favourite Places to Write
I’d like to say that I sit in a fancy café when I write, a steaming cappuccino in one hand and a feathered quill in the other. But that simply isn’t true. The reality may be somewhat disappointing, but hopefully it assures people that there is no one right location in which to write.
My favorite place to write is in my bed, preferably with a cat curled up at my side. I have a pillow shaped like an armchair that I prop up against my headboard and rest my laptop on my knees. Sometimes I listen to Spotify with headphones, and other times I use my phone’s built-in speaker. It’s not glamorous, but it’s productive.
An unlikely writing place is my friend’s house in her red armchair. (Shoutout to Christina for putting up with my antisocial self.) I wrote many of the final scenes of Double Double Toil here because, honestly, I was scared. I don’t like to write nerve-racking passages when I’m alone, so I sat with headphones and wrote while my kids played with their best friends in an adjacent room. When I became distressed, I talked to people. It was great. And, best of all, it made me less afraid.
I honestly have trouble concentrating on writing in cafes and other public settings, but I can often focus enough to outline. Early drafts of both Cauldron’s Bubble and Double Double Toil were created in several different Starbucks locations and at the Brentwood Social House. I like Starbucks because I can get free refills on tea and coffee (Star Rewards!), so I can literally sit there for hours and only spend a couple of bucks. It’s also a good atmosphere in which to hide and go unnoticed, so I like the anonymity of it. If I want somewhere a little more personal and home-like, I go to the Brentwood Social House in north Austin. I am probably my least productive there because, despite their nice selection of my favorite teas and work-friendly atmosphere, I usually run into random friends and end up chatting more than writing.
Strangely enough, I’ve never written in the place where I most want to write. The Brewtorium is a new brewpub in north-central Austin that serves German food in a family-friendly atmosphere. They have several secluded, semi-private rooms with sofas and armchairs that would be great to retire while writing. Unfortunately, they don’t open until after school hours, and I do most of my writing while my daughters are in class. But if the Brewtorium ever opens for lunch, I’ll be there in a minute to get their amazing potato salad and write a chapter or two (I don’t drink alcohol when I write, so I would have to wait to get a half-pint of cider when I finish for the day).
And, yes, I do have a home office. But I never write creatively there because it feels like a “work” environment, not an inspirational location. Maybe I need to add some more artwork or something if I want to sit at a desk while I write my novels.
In case you’re wondering, I’m sitting in bed while I type this, with my two cats curled up at my feet.
Well, this post is nothing if not honest. (Too much so, perhaps.) It’s not glamorous, but at least it’s true.
Words by Amber ElbyThank you so much Amber for your wonderful post, I loved hearing about your favourite places, and it’s been an honour to read your books and be featured twice on your tour!
You can also find Amber at her at these events this month:
Book Launch in Austin, Texas at Malvern Books on October 14 at 2:00 p.m
Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest at North Richland Hills Library in Texas on October 20 from 11:00 to 5:00
Don’t forget to check out everyone else on the tour:
Amber is releasing the first chapter to Double Double Toil page by page on each blog on the tour so here we are! Below is page 10 of the book – go check everyone else’s out for the rest!
Until next time,