These are the cafes that get me in the mood

…the writing mood, that is.

A few months ago, when I saw that this month’s theme was “Where I write,” I desperately tried to think of a different topic. No one wants to see pictures of my gray IKEA couch, nor of me half-asleep on it.

But over the last couple of months, I’ve tried to form a different writing habit. Instead of writing in the evenings after my toddler goes to sleep (and I’m wishing I could join her), I’ve decided to set aside one full day a week when I write. The best part? I take myself on a writing date.

When it comes to romancing myself, I know exactly what I like. *ahem* Cafes.

What? Were you expecting something else?

I live in a town in the Netherlands that has a ton of pretty cafes, so I thought I’d share some of them with you. Here are a couple of the places that inspired me to finish (YES! FINISH!!) the draft of Tempting the Player, my third London Legends rugby novel, this week.

I start out my morning sitting upstairs in a tiny cafe that has this view. You can see the main market square and, at the far end, the old building where for hundreds of years farmers brought their produce to sell to the locals. (There’s now a supermarket inside that building, but the square is used as a farmer’s market every weekend.) The morning I took this picture, there was a fair in town, as you might have guessed from the ferris wheel.

Ferris wheel

It’s hard to tell from the picture above, but in the little alley just outside the window there’s a very, very tempting shop. When the sun finally lights up the alley, I see this:

Ice cream 

Annoyingly, I’m avoiding sugar right now so I fit into my dress at the RITA awards ceremony.

After about four hours of writing, I find a place for lunch. This week, I tried a place I’d never been to before but passed by a hundred times. Here it is from the outside.

Restaurant outside

And this was my view as I finished eating my falafel and typed THE END in Tempting the Player.

Restaurant inside

There you go! A little tour around my town and the cafes that help me stay productive (and well-caffeinated). The best thing about them – other than the coffee and the views – is that there are no toys to pick up, no dishes to wash (for me, anyway), no laundry to iron…just time alone with my characters.


Do you have a favorite cafe to write or read in?


These are the cafes that get me in the mood — 3 Comments

  1. I like anywhere that offers free wi-fi, doesn’t mind refilling my drinks, and doesn’t mind if I don’t sit at the little two-top back in the corner by the kitchen door. I loved your cafes!

  2. The only view I have from my office window is my neighbor’s fence. Your views are amazing! I’m so jealous!

    Congratulations on finishing your third book in the series. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you for a Rita win!

  3. Kat, I love the idea of taking yourself on a writing date. That’s brilliant! What a quaint little cafe. So many interesting sites around town to visit. Thank you for sharing these great pictures.

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