With Christmas fast-approaching we know three things for certain:
1. The Bounty will be the last bar left in the Celebration box.
2. The lucky person who buys Mayfair on the Monopoly board will gloat about it for the rest of the season
3. ‘Love Actually’ will be watched once. Twice. Okay, maybe three times? It is Christmas after all! Richard Curtis’ classic touches all of us, and its cheerful yet wonderfully tender narrative weaves itself around the multifarious Christmas experiences that the season might bring. Whether it be Emma Thompson’s mesmeric performance as a betrayed spouse to the haunting tones of Joni Mitchell, or a tormented Mark pining outside Juliet’s door, there is something we can all connect with in this romp (even if it is just channeling Hugh Grant’s dancing in the kitchen after one too many hot toddies!)
As a writer however, there is something about ‘Love Actually’ that might induce more jealously than Grant can send to the American president, and that is Colin Firth. Or more precisely, his character’s French writing retreat. Interspersed between the chilly London scenes, Jamie (Firth) batters out his novel on a vintage typewriter and tries to tend to his bruised heart in a lake-side villa on the outskirts of Marseille. The picturesque scenery, and the tranquil environment could inspire a poetic line in all of us, but it got us here at Mardibooks thinking, what is ‘the perfect writing spot’? Does it matter? Are you a writer who can tumble
prose out of your pen while cramped on the back of a busy bus, or do you prefer the mellow buzz of a coffee shop in the early morning, with a frothy cappuccino?
We asked some of our writers to share their ‘perfect writing spots’ with us, so you can get some inspiration on where best to place yourself when writing your masterpiece!
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