What’s your workplace setup like?
Very spare and spartan, as you can see from the pic at the top left. If I have any kind of technology around me at all when I write, I will be distracted and never get anything done. How can I write when there’s someone saying something dumb on Facebook? So I shut it down and shut it off and write on paper.
Annie Dillard once said that she needs “a room with no view, so that imagination can meet memory in the dark.” I have modeled my own workspace around that principle. It’s why my desk faces a wall rather than a window. (The window is behind me, and the blinds drawn.) I require nothing but paper, pens, and words. And, of course, endless cups of Mystic Monk coffee.