Everybody has a certain way they like things. Drivers like their mirrors adjusted to a certain angle, music lovers like their headphones set to a certain volume, and I enjoy having things just right when I’m getting ready to write something. Optimizing your writing environment is as easy as thinking about what makes you comfortable and puts you in a good mood, and then making that a part of the place where you go to do your writing. Now, I know, some people have deadlines and they have to pump stuff out in the middle of nowhere on mobile devices… but that’s not usually how writing works.
I don’t know about you, but I like having access to cold stuff to drink. That could be water, soda, or maybe something harder like beer, wine or even liquor. I find I’ve done some of my best writing after I’ve had a bit of alcohol and loosened up some. But it’s important not to drink too much as well. If you go and get drunk, you can’t share your message with your readers, and then your writing is a failure. Whatever you like to drink, make sure it is within reach before you start writing so you don’t have to leave the room to get it.
I also enjoy a quiet place when I’m trying to think hard about a subject and write something. I don’t want interruptions, so I turn my phone off. Not silent so it vibrates, but off completely, so I don’t hear a thing if somebody calls. I understand this isn’t going to be viable for everyone reading this, but most people will be able to turn off their phone and get rid of a major annoyance when trying to write. Fewer distractions leave your mind free to focus on the task at hand.
For me, a nice, bright room has always been a good thing. I can write during the day just fine unless there’s rain or things are overcast. But if that happens, or if we’re talking about later in the day, then it’s time to turn on the lights. I happen to use LED light bars because I can stick them on the walls and ceiling of my room and they don’t take up valuable desk space. You can read more about those at Light Bar Report. It has been an economical solution for me for a long time now, so I can’t help but recommend these lights.
One of the worst distractions I’ve had to deal with is also one of the most common ones. It seems that right when I’m in the middle of writing, like I’ve gotten into my rhythm and everything is going great, suddenly I need to use the toilet. I don’t know what that’s about, but it happens to me sometimes. To stop that from being a problem, I like to hit the bathroom before I sit down to do any heavy writing. Then it doesn’t throw me off when I’ve hit my stride and I’m writing like crazy.