Here's what I wrote back just now:
In fact I have seen many writers' offices that are just as you describe, and it seems to me that there might be some correlation between an author's success and the degree of mess in his or her office. I am beginning to believe that my books might sell better if I trashed up my office a little.
I came across a slew of pictures of writers' offices at The Guardian just this morning, and have photographed my office again with a view to blogging about it in a few minutes. Sadly, my desk is still clean--which probably means that my latest book, which is being released today, won't be hitting the Times list or garnering a Pulitzer.
Clearly, I'm too organized to ever become a great writer. But at least I have a neat, pretty office to mope in.
Here's what my little 12X12 room looks like today.
There's a bit of a mess in the closet, which can be seen behind my desk. But I guess for a closet, it's still pretty neat. [Sigh.]