The photo at the beginning of this blog shows my work desk and my writing desk in my office. Now I now have a first draft desk, too, in our converted garage, where I can turn my notes into a first draft in longhand. While writing early in the morning, I can look out into the woods to see the deer crossing the yard and the squirrel raiding the fig tree.
I have my writing desk in view while I sit at my day job desk (that gray curve in the foreground). Sometimes I get over there to use my colored pens. My imagination works better if I draw schematics or write notes and even a first draft on a big drawing pad.