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DIYMFA QOTW 17: Inner Sanctum


Great minds think alike.

Or something.

I’d like to believe that Gabriela’s selection for this week’s QOTW was divine intervention. If you are a regular follower of this or any of the other spaces I invade, you may have seen this photo yesterday on Facebook. I mentioned that Madame Muse had struck and I was writing again. Yay, right? I open my email today and here’s the invite to post a photo of our writing spaces. Kismet.

Full disclosure: I need noise to function well. I don’t mean the ‘I can’t hear myself think’ sort of racket but background noise. My work and writing space is in my front room, where I have a wonderful view of the neighborhood and the TV. I can see the mountains in the background (I live in Southern California, about 220 miles from Las Vegas). I also often stream music at the same time. I sit in one of the kitchen chairs and there are pillows in it. I use a fold-up desk and two screens — you’ll note those cables running to the left; they connect the computer to the external screen, which is sitting atop a dual CD recorder and a box. Real office furniture is overrated … and never nearly as interesting.

I’m often working and writing at the same time – not exactly, but there’s usually a quill and papyrus (okay, okay — some weird paper and a mechanical pencil) nearby for when I can’t stand it anymore and have to write something.

As I craft this post, I am being assaulted by the monsters (my two pups — they are featured prominently on my personal Facebook feed), the sound of the lawn people (I think that might make for a good story title …), cartoons on the TV, and Chillhop Cafe streaming music:

Another perfect day in the cave …

If you need some inspiration for your next epic, be sure to check out DIY MFA. There are plenty of ideas to spark your Madame Muse.

So how and where do you work best? Do you need silence or sound? What happens when you don’t have the right (or ‘write’) atmosphere?


  1. Lyn July 26, 2016 4:36 pm

    Television or music does nothing to help my creative juices flow, however, I’ve discovered https://mynoise.net/noiseMachines.php There you will find every “noise” you could wish for. My ideal writing environment is a cafe/restaurant, but can’t afford to be out buying coffee every day, so I opt for the Cafe Restaurant noise found in their “Voices” list. LOL I can make my own coffee, listen to the sounds I would find in a cafe/restaurant and not have anyone disturb me with questions.
    Oh, I use that site when it comes to sleeping too. I have a lot of trouble sleeping and my doctor suggested some sort of white noise. I’ve found the perfect solution in My Noise’s White Rain or Rain Noise.
    And now that I’ve done the breakfast dishes, made my bed, and done the laundry, I can go to my restaurant and write 🙂

    • AR Neal July 28, 2016 8:06 am

      I love it! What a great option. I used to have an app like that on my old tablet but it wasn’t quite as advanced. See what time does? 🙂

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