listening to music / complete silence? morning / afternoon / evening? clothed / naked (only joking)? I am a very fussy writer. I need absolute quiet and I have to be wearing shorts and a t-shirt (no footwear under any circumstances - that would utterly inhibit my creative impulses). I am at my best around 10pm, when the house is silent and my brain has purged itself of the working day. The darkness seems to help. I come up with my best ideas and produce my most seamless prose when there is no outside light. The world is a distraction. The downside is that I very often don't get to bed until after 1pm, which means I often only get around five hours sleep. If I didn't have a job and a family, this writing lark would be so much easier. Did Dickens or Bronte ever have to spend their waking days creating web applications, battling the traffic on the A5, cooking dinner, feeding and bathing a one year old daughter, reading her a story, putting her to bed and then tidying the kitchen? They did? I take it all back then.