Actually, concentration isn't a problem.
My writing area -- my home office -- is very sterile. We're trying to sell our house, so the inspirational quotes I used to have on my bulletin board are, for the most part, gone. And I've never been able to listen to music when I'm writing. I do, however, find that in certain instances, when I'm trying to get the setting just right, I need visual stimuli. For my novels in particular, I have pulled out pictures from magazines that help me set the scene.
Nothing in particular. I just try to find a quiet place with minimal distractions.
It depends on the book. Sometimes I have music blaring or softly playing in the background, other times I need silence. I love candles and incense. I always need to be surrounded by nature because it inspires and fuels my energy. My office has lots of windows and many indoor plants.
I live in a 1860 farm house back in the wild with no neighbors, or main roads. I have a large river 200 yards from my front porch, and rocky wooded hills surrounds me. I over look a stage coach road that was there from 1820. I just look out my windows, or go for a walk, this is my office, this is where I see my next chapter.
For the most part I need to be in a quiet environment. If I am stuck on a scene, I will play some of my favorite songs on my DVD player.
I surround myself with music. Music helps me concetrate when doing anything. its basically there, and calming.
Books. Music. Paper. Coffee mugs. Total chaos. I know where everything is, but no one else can find a thing. Cluttered office, clear mind!
I can write out in the open, but I find that confining myself in my fortress of solitude helps a heck of a lot. If I sit down with music playing (the tunes depend on they scenes I'm working on) and a cup of coffee or tea, I can write for hours. I think my writing is definitely better without anything to distract me, and abrupt interruptions can knock me right out of my zone.
For those interested, while working on this interview, yes I am in my fortress of solitude with a cup of coffee and music playing (Lily Holbrook right at this moment).
Music. I need music.
Either classical music or silence. I used to enjoy going to a noisy bar or coffee shop to write, but that is often too much of a hassle. I feed on lots of coffee.
Pictures of where I grew up, a radio, and some books that I've just finished reading.
I allow myself to be able to work anywhere, anytime I feel the need to. Sometimes going to different places help the creative ideas flowing. There is no set place that I make myself write.
All I have is my computer, paper, and pens
I have quotes laminated and arranged on my wall over my desk.
"Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else." ~Gloria Steinem
I have a little personal altar on the raised part of my desk containing a seasonal lidded box, incense, candles, some meaningful rocks, my anointing oil and some religious writing. I try to always have some scent around; I identify heavily with my sense of smell. I like the bamboo sticks that are popular now as they last a long time and are fragrant but not smoky or overpowering.
"Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you." ~Henri Frederic Amiel
My desk is beside the bookshelves in my office/library. I think this helps keep me going, helps give me hope that these are all just words and one day mine will be on someone else's bookshelf.
"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, and believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." ~Louisa May Alcott
Usually just myself, pen and paper and/or computer.