Can you do creative writing at a Casino? Is this possible ifyou are a writer who enjoys playing blackjack, craps, poker and tickling the slots?
I recently discovered within the bowels of a small casino that creative writing is not possible. The vibes and juices are just wrong. The green felt and the beckoning of the new amazing video slots have too much pull and power.
If the gaming attractions are within reach, forget about writing or even finishing up a little research or plot drafting. The mind cannot focus.
This discovery took place at a little casino within harms way when I was dropped off to spend seven hours before pickup and THOUGHT that I might be able to get several chapters written for The Hired Hand.
I wrote among the slow murmur of voices of the breakfast and lunch crowds in the casino’s adjacent huge dining room. Tables games wouldn’t start until noon. I was there a little after 7 a.m., the only thing holding me back from rushing over immediately to play the slots were the black tapes connecting the dining room to the casino. The casino wouldn’t open until nine a.m.
Was this writer’s time wasted? Not so. Every event, encounter, experience contributes to a writer’s bag of tools. In this case, I was just having a writer’s date. The casino turned out to be a great sling shot for the abundance of forthcoming chapters in days that followed.
I love writing. I love casinos. I write well in cafes where there are no such powerful vibes or distractions. I think I’ll call Casino Writing an “artist’s date.”