“It is rare for me to work outside of my home office, so you’re getting my home office. No beach houses, penthouse suites or private jets for this writer (yet).” – Benjamin Sobieck
Article by Benjamin Sobieck
The first pic is of my little set up in the home office. Please note my excellent windows and not so excellent mouse pad. Fun fact: my MacGyver mouse pad has outlasted several “real” mouse pads. It’s ergonomic if you don’t think about it too much.
The second pic is of my pride and joy: the gas fireplace. I love that thing. The noir filter was intentional, because it’s the only way I could capture how it makes me feel working late at night. How did people write before fireplaces? I have no idea, but I’ve been doing it for the past few months and it feels like forever. We moved into this house late last year.
I am all about the open flame as a way to turn on and off with my headspace. Prior to having a luxury like the fireplace, I used a candle. There’s something about fire and writing. They’re the perfect match.
I enjoy listening to ambient music while I write, but that’s not a must. I do appreciate white noise of some sort. It could be from that fireplace, the birds outside or a TV in the other room that I’m trying to ignore. Total silence messes with my head too much.
Coffee would’ve appeared on this list last year, but I’ve toned it way back. I’m finding water is a better long-term energy boost. Shiste, how boring is that? I suppose that’s the point, though. If you make your surroundings too interesting, why would you want to leave them behind with the words on the screen?
Benjamin Sobieck works full-time for F+W Media as an online editor and product manager. He’s the author of The Writer’s Guide to Weapons (Writer’s Digest Books), and is editor of The Writer’s Guide to Wattpad (Writer’s Digest Books, August 2018). His stories on Wattpad have racked up 1.5 million reads. He won the world’s largest online fiction writing contest, the Wattys, hosted by Wattpad, for Black Eye: Confessions of a Fake Psychic Detective #2. He is also the creator of The Writer’s Glove® (thewritersglove.com).