Since the nature of the location where we meet is all about writing there are other writing groups who meet there including a group of NaNoWirMo-ers who meet year round and another group of kid lit writers.
It usually works out that the other group of kid lit writers sits next to us. I have to admit that when this happens my writing slows down. They talk about books I've read.
Sometimes I want to jump in on their conversations.
For example a couple weeks ago they were talking about The Wolves of Mercy Falls books by Maggie Stievater and I almost had to jump in and say that I was reading those and really enjoying Linger and thought it was better than Shiver.
I think what makes it hard not to eavesdrop on the other writing group is that they are sort of the "cool table" of kid lit writers at the coffee shop. From the names and activities that these people talk about I think they are probably in the nearby MFA program. The fact that they talk about books we've read and writers we've heard of means we always have one ear on their table.
I have to say that while I enjoy the discussions my word count takes a nose dive when they show up so this week I'm going to change where we sit and hopefully stay more focused on my own writing time.
Do you write in coffee shops? What interesting conversations do you eavesdrop on?