So I've been trying to write a post for an RPG for a couple of weeks now, and I can't seem to eliminate all of the distractions around me that are preventing me from even getting started on it. I just can't get the right environment. I'm wondering what kind of environment everyone else prefers, and what tips you could offer fellow productivity-challenged writers. Do you prefer silence or music? If the latter, what kind and volume? If the former, what steps do you take to eliminate background noise? Do you have a favorite chair that you have to be sitting in to get anything written? Do you like to sit at a desk inside, take your laptop out into your backyard or to a local park, even go to the library to write? Do you prefer to sit in one position for the entire writing session or change positions often, or do you need the freedom and space to get up and act out scenes before writing them? How much distraction (e.g. someone interrupting you) can you handle before the writing session is ruined? My preferred environment: Silence is the only way to go for me. I recently discovered that I can write much more productively by wearing a pair of Smith & Wesson hearing protectors to shut out background noise. Most of my writing is done in the same office chair at the desk in my bedroom, but I've worked at the library as well. I think I'm more focused and productive at the library, but it's a bit of a hassle to haul my laptop there and the library's hours don't match when I'm most likely to be in the mood to write (late evening or night), which is why I rarely go there. Sometimes I sit in one position, sometimes I change positions a lot. The more I stop writing to think about what should happen next, the more I change positions. I generally don't need to act things out, as I'm very good at visualizing things in my head, but sometimes I do read the dialogue to myself and ad lib the next few lines (with typically humorous results). Depends on where I stop. If I can delay the interruption long enough to reach a natural stopping point such as the end of a scene, I can walk away for any length of time and pick it up again with no problem provided the right environment still exists. If I'm pulled away in the middle of a sentence, the session is ruined if I don't get back to writing within a couple of minutes, and it's hard to get it going again. In that case, I sometimes have to delete the partial scene and start the scene over from scratch. The hearing protectors help a lot here by discouraging people from trying to talk to me. So what do you guys and gals prefer? How picky are you about getting the perfect environment? Or are you the kind of person that can write anywhere at any time?