Thursday Thirteen #154


And we’re back after a few weeks off for another Thursday filled with thirteen great things for all Copious Notes readers to see! For this week, I want to let you know about my writing environment. I like to have certain situations and things going on when I write. I think it helps stimulate the creative.

What do *you* need when you write? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments.

Thursday 13
Thirteen things I like to have while I write by Aaron Crocco.

1. A filled cup of Senseo Coffee.

2. Music playing (preferably Pandora).

3. A clean desktop where all programs are closed including my GMail notifier.

4. A full belly always helps, so I try to eat beforehand or have a snack on my desk.

5. All my email has to already have been read.

6. Any websites I want to read have to have been visited.

7. I like to know how long my writing time will be.

8. I like to re-read the previous 1-2 pages so I know exactly where I am.

9. Since I’m on a mac, I like to have my Dictionary widget open and ready in Dashboard

10. I like to set a low goal of how much I want to write (2 pages, 1,000 words, etc) where even if I want to stop writing, I still can accomplish something.

11. I like to make sure all bathroom breaks are taken care of before I sit down. I’m sure you will all agree that they are quite destracting.

12. I like to write during the day.

13. The temperature needs to be at a comfortable level. I hate writing in a sweatshirt or in next-to-nothing.

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  1. Hmm… sounds like you’d be irritated at an interruption, am I right? That’s pretty good though. Means you’re focused (or, like me, you’re trying really hard to be!)

    On another note, I really wish I hadn’t followed your Senseo coffee link. Mmm… coffee…

  2. Pandora, Thesaurus.com, less distractions ie kids… Hmm. COFFEE. Definitely the 8o’clock. 🙂 Great list.
    Happy writing.

  3. Wow, I’d never get any writing done if I needed all that! 🙂 Lately I open my notebook in front of me when I’m trying to gear up. I do need to check email & blogs, but it’s always hot and noisy here so I can’t control that.

    My dad drinks Senseo coffee and it’s yummy…..

  4. Yes, a full belly is SO important to me. I have to take regular breaks for munchage. I won’t get anything done if I’m thinking about my tummy. Speaking of, I think it’s time for lunch!

    • Aaron
    • July 24th, 2008

    Steph- I try to focus!

    Bethanne- First off, welcome to Copious Notes! I’m glad to see a newcommer. Thanks so much for coming and for your compliments on my list.

    Melanie- I’m fickle, right? lol.

    All- Love the Senseo! Try the Killarny Irish Creme flavor. It’s the best.

    • Aaron
    • July 24th, 2008

    Colby- Munchage is a word I am now adding to my vocabulary. Love it! I’m still an hour away from lunch. Bah!

  5. Great idea for TT! I’ve added it to my list to cover, so when I publish it, I’ll link back here.

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