Analogy time! Water is to life as ______ is to writers. What goes in the blank? If you didn’t guess coffee—considering the title of this blog post—you need another cup. In honor of the writer’s manna, we’re hosting a highly caffeinated flash fiction contest with Handsome Coffee Roasters. Creating characters based on how they take their coffee could win you a hefty helping of Handsome’s magical beans (plus you can enter our Handsome Coffee Sweepstakes to win a VIP tour of their facilities in New York or L.A.). Not convinced that writers and java go together like awesome and sauce? Check out these quotes from famous writers about coffee, and these just-uncovered pics of famous authors getting their cuppa on!
I think if I were a woman I’d wear coffee as a perfume. -John Van Druten
The best Maxim I know in this life is, to drink your Coffee when you can, and when you cannot, to be easy without it. While you continue to be splenetic, count upon it I will always preach. Thus much I sympathise with you that I am not cheerful enough to write, for I believe Coffee once a week is necessary to that. -Jonathan Swift
Coffee: Induces wit. Good only if it comes through Havre. After a big dinner party it is taken standing up. Take it without sugar — very swank: gives the impression you have lived in the East. -Gustave Flaubert
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. -T.S. Eliot
The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce. –Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.