My Optimal Writing Environment

by bxrtley

Physical Space

On the edge of the bed. Slightly hunched over. With a cup of hot tea carefully placed on the hardwood floor, warming my left foot. Or on the edge of a couch with tea on the corner of a coffee table. Seems like as long as I’m on the edge of a cushiony piece of furniture, with a warm beverage in a ceramic mug (it’s gotta be a mug!) everything else will fall into place. A window to look outside helps too.

Digital Space

As I’ve pulled away from using Byword to Desk exclusively, I find myself switching to night mode—in the middle of the day—and hitting the “Cmd + Opt + H” keys to hide all other windows. Makes me feel like more than just a writer, but a blog developer of thoughts and ideas. Muahaha.

And to heighten the experience, I don’t use full-screen, but I’ve made desktop background extremely simple, using the Solid Aqua Graphite color and no files, or disk images on in the background. And also hiding the dock. Something about seeing the tool and status bars disappear while writing just gets me to keep going.

Analog Space

Even if I’m not using it, I keep my Moleskine with a pen locked and loaded, ready to fire an idea that can only make sense in my hieroglyphic etchings. I’ve started to rely on it more when I might get stuck or feel like I need to research, but end up finding notes and drawings about the topic already logged months ago.

Interesting to note, I’ve been unintentionally staying away from desks lately. And now Desk has come to me. Perhaps it’s the only desk I need.

Running Optimal Enviro-list

  • Edge of a bed or sofa
  • A slightly curved spine
  • A ceramic mug of hot tea/coffee
  • One physical window (optional)
  • One digital window—Desk (necessary!)
  • Notebook with pen
  • Bonus: Silence. I’m schizo, so my thoughts typically suffice for white noise.