“One wants a room with no view, so imagination can dance with memory in the dark.” ~ Annie Dillard
I am afraid I am with Ms. Dillard on this one. Perhaps it is because I have self-diagnosed AADD (Adult Attention Deficit Disorder), but the less stimuli I have when I work, the better I am. A view would take my concentration away from the matter at hand.
I work in a corner of my “office” in front of shuttered windows. I have pics of my family on my desk and occasionally glance at them, but I take them somewhat for granted, thus they are not much of a distraction. I know if I opened the shuttered windows, I would be lost in the scenery outside, lost in thought.
Lost in thought is good for creativity, but it is the inner imagination dancing with memory in the dark that produces good writing.
Do you write in a room with a view, or do you find bliss in shuttered windows?