Coffee, wine, or tea? They each play a part when I’m writing.
Coffee is my motivator. It gets me started when I’m writing in the morning or late at night. The aroma alone is motivating. I live in Washington, which is the birthplace of Starbucks and the coffee capital of the world. I might be bias on that, but Washington is known for its coffee, right after being known for its rain.
Wine is my encourager. Should I put this in the story? Of course! Should my character say that? Definitely! Should there be purple ninja teddy bears? Wait…too much wine. Honestly, wine helps me keep writing no matter how silly the idea gets. The point is to get it all down on paper and edit later.
Tea is my voice of reason. It is what I drink when I’m reflecting and editing. This is where I generally throw out half of what I have written. Maybe not that much, but it feels like it. It is during this time that I realize something I wrote doesn’t work and changes need to be made.
This is my beverage-writing cycle. Right now, I’m in the coffee-wine part of the cycle. It doesn’t look like I’ll be drinking tea until the Fall.
And, just for clarity…there will be no purple ninja teddy bears in my story.