It occurred to me that while I’ve puttered around this question a lot over the months that Uphill Writing has been around, I’ve never really gotten a good answer. So, here’s another try.
What really makes a good place to read? What makes the best environment?
The answer to this must surely be subjective. I’m guessing that if I interviewed 10 writers on the topic, I’d get 13 or 14 different answers.
What do you need to make a writing environment that really works?
- Do you need a clutter-free desk top?
- Do you need notebooks and “yellow stickies” for real time note-taking?
- Do you need a particular type of keyboard for your computer?
- Do you need a particular kind of monitor?
- Should your room be brightly lit? Or should the only light come from the computer screen?
- Is your room best by day? Is it best by night?
- Does it need to be quiet? Is music OK? If music is acceptable, is there a certain type?
Is it possible that the best place to write is just wherever you are? My office/studio is cluttered with notes, books, posters, pictures, and eye-catching thing of all sorts. Could you stand to write in a crowded, cluttered room? Could you write without the clutter?
I’m anxious, really, to hear what works for you. What kind of space does your muse insist upon? What environment does it take to get you going?