|What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
It is ironic but I am an organized mess. My work desk is messy but that's a solace I find that helps me to concentrate better.
I have a small sitting room where I have my computer. I like quiet when I am writing.
I have my computer on the kitchen table and I write with everything whirling around me. I don't have a quiet spot all to myself, I have to be able to keep an eye on the kids but, as all mothers, I can tune them out so that helps.
I actually work a lot better when it's just me, some music and a notebook and pen or my laptop. Being surrounded by things distracts me, and I have a really short attention span. Pretty much anything can interrupt me from my work. I find I get the most done when I go to my school library, sit up in Stacks (where you have to be silent), only have what I need at my desk, and listen to music with my headphones. I also have to be facing away from doors and windows. So, I think I'd be good if I sat in a big cardboard box, or a window and door free room.
I like to have some music playing as long as it is not too loud and nothing that I will feel tempted to sing along to. I never have a television playing in the same room where I am writing.
Since I live alone, it is easy for me to find that quiet place to write. I know others may find this much more difficult.
I have no particular props to help the creative process. Usually my dog, Bogie is nearby, and in the late after noon, a glass of white wine is handy.
sometimes other books or papers with some information I thought about earlier and a dictionairy.
My computer and my cat.
My creative process is a gift
see previous response; writing isn't manufacturing
order and cleanliness
I sit in an armchair to write with my lap top on a tray on my lap. When I sit at my desk I feel as if I'm 'at work' and that makes me feel under a bit of pressure to perform so by sitting in the arm chair I've now tricked my brain into believing I'm relaxing and the stories flow more easily. I'm usually surrounded by various toppling piles of research books on the shelves near me where I can reach them when I need to. My chair faces a window and I look out on a big old ponsiana tree that has feathery leaves and branches that are full of birds that come and peck on my window and ask to be fed. The birds are my main distractions. And my husband who also wants to be fed.
I usually have a lot of computer fans going, the occasional libation works well also. But for the most part, just my research papers, photographs of my past, notes and diaries work well for me.
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