You’re not fooling anyone . . .

John Scalzi says that you’re not fooling anyone when you take your laptop to a coffee shop. But yesterday, I did just that–tucked myself into a corner with a hot chocolate and a scone the size of my head–and banged out three chapters. Solid chapters, good chapters, too.

Today, on a cold rainy day spent mostly at home? Not a word. Nada. None.

Maybe sometimes the person you need to fool is not any single person watching, the cute barista or the radical who tries to invite you to a protest or the college student gossiping in the corner. You don’t need to convince them that you’re a Real and Serious Writer. You only really need to fool yourself.

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  1. Ha, I've fooled my way through entire novels!

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    • Perhaps, John Scalzi, it is you who is fooled! ;)

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      • I'm pretty sure even John's done a bit of fooling now and again.

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  2. At the café, there's no dirty dishes with your name on them, no toddler who wants a snack, no TV…I think it's great to get up, get dressed and "go to work" at a café!

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  3. I find that I work quite well in coffee shops so long as I turn off the wireless before I go out. Between the lack of internet and the lack of all my stuff, I'm not generally left with much to do *but* write. :)

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    • I wish I had the self-control to shut off the internets, but alas, I'm weak. :)

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  4. what? am at coffee shop right now. swapping my afterpants for real pants and making the trek is usually just enough extra motivation to get me writing. (not that I still check blogs or anything. O.O)

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    • Real pants is half the battle!!!

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  5. I'm most productive when I go to coffee shops – leaving my apartment is more than enough to get me in the whole "going to work" mindset!

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