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Alex Williamson for The Chronicle Review

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Alex Williamson for The Chronicle Review

When I sit down to write, I follow a time-tested, meticulous protocol that facilitates concentration on the task at hand by ensuring my personal comfort.

First I clear my desk and place a glass of water to the left of my laptop. Usually a mug of robust coffee stands beside it, along with my digital tape recorder (in case I get a phone call from an important source). To my right lies my handy-dandy notebook, a pen, and my cellphone. I sit on my huge fitness ball to remind myself to