"As writers, we never know what experience will seed the plot of our next book, or what stranger will shape a character that will drive readers positively wild with anticipation. And, anyway, what better place to hunt for ideas than in a bookstore?"
I’ve always thought that the idea of writing being a completely solitary lifestyle was a myth. The act of writing is solitary, not the life of a writer. Especially a fiction writer. For those of us that have the characters in our heads all the time, we wish we were alone sometimes.
Nowadays, my garage holds my overflow books, with a giant stack of cardboard boxes filling up one entire corner.
Before the rise of e-books, I used to sit at the dining room table, a pile of newly bought or traded books in front of me, and choose my reading for the next week. It was a lovely process, though a bit time-consuming.