Much is made of the writing area, and rituals to get ready. People seem to be fascinated by this.
Mine is a desk (from The Container Store). I have various piles nearby, like the one with the Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus and The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook.
Full size desktop computer. Sorry, but I hate laptops. Adams Family mousepad (no, that’s not Addams Family! They’re all normal Adamses. Well, mostly normal. Sort of).
A steno notepad for quick notes. Like that really annoying idea that took hold at 2AM last night. Pens scattered here, there, and hither, but never where I can find them when I need it.
Time log. Made this in PowerPoint to track how long I spend on a project. For, hopefully, the tax man.
Can’t forget the Kleenex box, in case of allergies. Always Kleenex. I don’t have brand loyalty, except for Kimberly-Clark. My great-great grandfather Havilah Babcock is one of the cofounders.
Neighboring trashcan, mostly for the Kleenex.
Knock a few things off the desk that annoy me, since I pile things.
Start typing. Get up. Wander around. Come back. Start typing again.
What’s your writing staging area look like? Any rituals? Tell, tell, tell!
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