Alright, this might surprise some of you, but my desk is way dirtier than what you're seeing. Yet, I shall attempt to give you an insight as to my working process.
Again, my desk is not that clean. I do tend to keep a sort of 'organized-chaos' type of look on my desk. And yes, I do know where that 'thing' is somewhere on my desk.
As the image shows, I tend to have my best thoughts around that time - and no, that's not in the afternoon. I do spend most of my 'management' activities around certain times during the day, while my creative thoughts flow late in the evening.
Well, by distractions I mean no time spent on social media during my writing time in the afternoon. It's to allow me to immerse myself in my story creation process.
Okay, here's my secret...I use an external keyboard attached to my laptop to write. The letters tend to fade off the keyboard after writing a few books with it. I prefer keyboards that allow a somewhat soft clicking sound to it. And yes, I cannot go without a cup of coffee to kickstart the creative juices.
It is very true that as a writer, reading is essential. I read as much fiction as I read non-fiction. I do believe that fiction alleviates the frustrations of real-life, since reality can be difficult at times and we need a way to remind us of who and what we are capable of.
Nothing beats this classic combo. I always work out my concepts on paper before I start typing away at the keyboard. Okay, I must admit that I tend to use a specific type of pen - not a fancy one - rather an Artline based pen. They are quite smooth to write with.