The online literary press Real Pants asked NA faculty member and poet Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, author of Midnight Blue and co-founder of Five Quarterly, to share a photograph of her writing desk and answer the question: Messy or clean?
“I need clean first. My head is always so full and I don’t like seeing that mirrored around me. Then I can think and I start thinking and vibing and start adding things that I think of and need in order to think more and it becomes messy but I need those options in the moment. I don’t use a desk. I work in the living room and in the bedroom. I like pastry things nearby. –” Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
Your opinion: Is Ms. Gabb’s desk clean or messy? How about your own? What is your favorite place to create? What things do you like to have nearby? Pastries, perhaps? Give us your creative secrets!