M. Remark’s SPACES Include Sunlight, Rain, and Thunderstorms

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

– WiFi

– 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

– Scrivener

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.

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