This photo is a straight forward composition of the mug, pen and pad. It is unimaginative and uninspiring.
For this composition I got closer to the scene and held the camera at an angle. It is a far more interesting image of a simple subject.
Here I have cut off the edges of the scene, again it makes for a more interesting image.
Here I moved away so the scene takes up a small part of the composition.
This exercise shows how a simple object can be made to look interesting just by trying out different angles and distances.