Safari Friday (ooops Saturday) searching the web for writers and readers — creating the perfect atmosphere to write
I was directed to this writing aid by Vikki Thompson’s blog who in turn discovered it from Hunting Down Writing.
What is it?
A virtual coffee shop piped to your shed/writing room/corner of the kitchen table. All the muffled noise and muted buzz of conversation that you would expect from your average cafe where ever you want it.
The clever people behind COFFITIVITY have picked up on the university research that says you need a certain amount of background noise in order to work. I wrote about it back in April and with J.K. Rowling and The Elephant House in Edinburgh in mind a lot of would-be writers have followed her example and taken their notebooks and laptops to local cafes.
Now you don’t need to go out. Just add your own coffee and away you go….
Or do you need music in order to write?
Or a real cafe?
I’ve been listening to Coffitivity while writing this post and I’ve just switched it off.
Now all I can hear is the hum of cars on wet tarmac, slowing down for the traffic lights; a squeal from the children’s playground opposite; the slow Saturday morning footsteps of a late night clubber making it back home; quick footsteps, someone’s late for work…inside water is gurgling in the pipes and there’s a faint rumble from the dishwasher two floors below. Should it sound like that?
The trouble with homegrown background noise is that it’s mine and threatens to distract at any moment. I suspect that physically removing yourself from home is at least part of the reason cafes can be creative places.
What I really, really want is to click my fingers and say, beam me up Scottie…that and the smell of coffee made by a gleaming Italian machine, a limitless battery life on my laptop, and someone at home checking on the dishwasher and unloading it too.
Safari = Swahili for long journey.I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a reader get through the day or a writer the next draft. Let me know if you write a website that you’d like featured or discover something that really should be shared.