Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Inspiration station


The other day I was tagged by Susan Nicholls in a blog hop called “Inspiring Spaces — Share What Ignites Your Creativity,” originated by Cate Russell-Cole.

Since I like spying on others, it’s only fair to reveal a glimpse of my own inner sanctum. Also, I posted this pic a while ago, so it’s not that much of a surprise. You have already gazed upon my shell-encrusted monkey (right rear corner).

As for the “what can’t you write without” factor, I was going to be flip and say something like “hands,” but then I realized that voice-recognition software would let me keep writing. Then I was going to say, “a chair,” but some famous authors like Hemingway and Roth are known to have written at a podium or stand-up desk. I’ll have to give up a lame attempt at humor and just say, like many others, that I have to have music playing to hit the sweet spot.

This is partly because I have fairly annoying tinnitus, and music helps mask it. I’ve also used sounds like rain, wind, and coffeehouse clatter, which you can find online, but music has more magic. Lately I find that instrumental ambient electronic stuff is a good background soundtrack, but I’ve been known to listen to everything from classical to jazz to — just the other day — Dick Dale.

I wonder if particular music causes us to make subtle choices in our writing that would be different with different music…

Anyway, I’m not going to tag anyone to do the blog hop, but if you’d like to share a pic of your environs in the comments, the venue is yours.

Oh, and PS — here’s a view out my front window in mid-autumn:



10 comments on “Inspiration station

  1. sknicholls
    September 12, 2014

    You guys with your nice neat writing spots amaze me. I must be the most disorganized writer on the planet :/ I love the monkey and the cool shade on both your screensaver and the window view.

    • Kevin Brennan
      September 12, 2014

      It’s a bit messier now than it was when I took that pic…

  2. John W. Howell
    September 12, 2014

    Nice view and thanks for the inner look at your digs. By the way, maybe I also listen to music since I have tinnitus as well. Never thought of it until now. Mine sounds like a cicada in august. (pretty annoying)

    • Kevin Brennan
      September 12, 2014

      I used to love the sound of cicadas. Now that I have ’em full-time, I’m lookin’ for an exterminator!

  3. ericjbaker
    September 12, 2014

    Hey! Your desktop wallpaper is the view out my window!

    That’s a lie, of course. Behind my desk is a white wall. It inspires me to write about tires.

  4. Phillip McCollum
    September 12, 2014

    Very nice. I had a temporary case of tinnitus (or something like it) awhile back so I can only imagine how annoying it must be to have it all the time. John tagged me on a workspace post so expect my den of literary iniquity soon.

  5. Cate Russell-Cole
    September 12, 2014

    We’re using the same computer! Thanks for a great post Kevin and for jumping on board the blog hop. I’ll share your post around.

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