Silence is one of the most important elements in the creative writing process. For Denise, who works as a writer and content marketer at Crossover, taking that moment to slow down and be present is very valuable. Check out her workspace!
- MSI GE60 (mounted on a laptop cooler)
- 24-inch LED monitor
- Bluetooth speaker
- Anker 4-port Powered USB 3.0 Hub (this model has been discontinued, but you can still get the 7-port one)
- Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Mechanical Keyboard (for typing-heavy tasks, I prefer using this to hear the magnificently anachronistic sound it makes when I type)
- Chroma Membrane Keyboard
- Chroma Mouse
- Razer Sphex Mouse Mat
- Razer Kraken 7.1 Headset
- Wire mesh holder with my favorite fine-tip pens
- Sony Xperia charger
- A glass of water (on a trusty Starbucks silicone coaster, no water rings please)
- Funko POP! Game of Thrones #24 Daenerys Targaryen vinyl figure (I love the show very, very much)
My workspace at home is in a small room next to the living room. I love this room because it has one large window that lets natural daylight in. Since my job involves a lot of typing, my colorful mechanical keyboard makes working at my desk more fun! I also have my laptop connected to a 24-inch monitor. I like to be around people, but not when I write, so I usually work in a very quiet environment. There are some days however, when I play downtempo, triphop, or lo-fi hiphop music. There’s a solid body of research out there that suggests ambient noise aids creativity!
Most days, my dog also sleeps on the rug by my chair. Amazingly, I haven’t trampled him yet.
While I mostly work at this workspace, when it gets too hot, I head to a nearby mall or coffee shop so I can don’t have to listen to my AC unit’s weird whirring sounds.
I’m amazed by how many different ways there are to work. I know some colleagues who work at the beach, by the mountains, people who only write in public, even people who can work with rock music in the background. I’m looking forward to seeing some more ways we work on the blog.