Living Like You’re At The Seaside

In an ideal world, I’d like to write in my favourite seaside cafe. I can imagine the words flowing from fingertips to laptop, while soothing waves and endless sky inspire me. Perhaps I’d become enough of a regular to get a favourite table. Maybe an unspoken rappport with a waitress would mean I‘d get endless coffee refills without a fresh order. And the occasional pastry would come in handy. There, I feel sure, I’d write long and beautiful fiction.
But there are a few problems with the picture in my head.
Like that cafe is half an hour’s drive and another half hour’s walk away from me right now. I don’t have my own laptop. And when I go there, it’s usually for a ten minute pit stop with my lovely family in between beach scrambles – probably even more rewarding, but not the same.
Although it’s sometimes tempting, I’m not going to wait until that perfect seaside scenario can be fulfilled, before I start writing. So why do I want to be there in particular? There’s nothing concrete there that I can’t have at home – it’s just a great backdrop. I guess I want to be there so I feel in the right mood to get creative. And moods are what we all carry around with us – perhaps the only things we can truly control in our lives. So here are my tips for creating your own seaside feeling:
1. Find some “me” time, even if it’s only for 30 minutes, and dedicate it to what you want to do. Stick to it. Like the advert says, “You’re worth it”!
2. Use that precious time wisely, in a way that rewards you. If you want to fritter it away vaguely surfing, that’s fine, but don’t regret it afterwards. How would you work differently if you had only 10 minutes? Or a whole 5 hours?
3. Make your soundtrack. It might be literally, with wave music like in a health spa. Or it might be useful to try something a bit heavier to drown out traffic noise if that distracts you. (The neighbours might prefer you use headphones!) Whatever works for you.
4. Learn to take a shortcut to that creative mood. You might need to use tools like these to practise getting there, but the more you do, the easier it will become. That creative space is yours alone, and it’s in your head somewhere; you just have to find it!
5. Begin! After I had spent some weeks researching, planning, and researching some more, I began to suspect I was putting off starting to write, in case I couldn’t do it. There’s only one way to find out. My hubby gave me some good advice: “Just sit down and start.” And he was right…

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