Every second week I gather up my pencils and notebooks after breakfast and set out to find somewhere to write for the day. Preferably somewhere I’ve never been before.
“No one is immune to the impressions that impinge on the senses from the outside.” Creativity, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Could be a park, a café or terrasse, an art gallery or museum, a mall, a greenhouse…
I find working somewhere different helps spark off fresh, unexpected ideas.
The new chairs and benches on the Montreal streets this summer are attractive options too! I love the replacement of sidewalk flowers along McGill College Avenue with parsley and other herbs.
Sometimes I look up places I’ve heard about in advance, but usually I just set out and see what I come across. Montreal is a great place for that!
When I saw Chez Jose, I knew this was my spot for the day!
And the door? Norm’s door-thusiasts will be asking. What about the door?
It was hard to get a photo of the door because it was open and hidden from the front by a large flower planter and bush, and the angle inside was too tight. You might just be able to see that it’s covered in stickers! But who can complain about an open door in the summer?
Here’s the door across the street –
And a couple more kitty corner (along with a rack of Bixi bikes) –
A couple of other writers were already at work in Chez José, hunched over their lattes and notebooks. It’s small and full of crazy colours and designs – perfect!
Summer may seem an odd time to hunker down with a major writing project but my new novella really needs me. This will be my last post for a while as I’ve decided to take a break from blogging so I can dig in.
I wish you happy explorations and blogging and look forward to reconnecting when I return.
“While a complex, stimulating environment is useful for providing new insights, a more humdrum setting may be indicated for pursuing the bulk of the creative endeavor – the much longer periods of preparation that must precede the flash of insight, and the equally long periods of evaluation and elaboration that follow.” Creativity, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
So many more doors from around the world to enjoy at Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors – click on the blue frog!