Things I think I need to write (mostly in order):
– a laptop
– white space
– a comfortable, supportive chair
– books that I love or haven’t yet read piled nearby
– a door, sometimes open, sometimes shut
– coffee or tea
– the option to get up and walk around or stretch
– plants, flowers
– sunlight, rain, thunderstorms
– postcards to look at and dream about
– pens, pencils and paper for doodle-brainstorming
– Yann Tiersen, Clint Mansell, and/or Erik Satie Pandora radio stations
– my phone on silent, somewhere out of sight
I usually write at home in these two spaces, but if a certain café can provide most of the above, I’m happy to write there for hours. The rock on my desk is from the pebbly beach at Saint-Malo, Brittany. I use it to keep all the wires together.
Melissa Remark is a former associate editor of Bayou Magazine and alum of the UNO MFA in Fiction.