Writers love their solitude. There’s nothing quite like being in the zone, able to give yourself over to the story without any distractions. Many writers crave the quiet, which is fine unless that develops into social isolation. It’s often hard to make the transition from being in a writing space, to being around others in the ‘real’ world.
That said, a quiet space isn’t always possible. For some it’s a luxury. So, in those cases, when we are bitten by the bug and we have to write – like, right NOW – we need to adapt to the environment. That might mean writing in a café, at the kitchen table surrounded by family (which basically equals chaos), or somewhere outdoors – like the park.
We’re writers, so we go with the flow. But whether you can ‘switch off’ and write to your hearts content while drowning out a cacophony of background sounds, eventually something is going to invade the bubble. That’s when we need to make like we’re in a library, put up signs if necessary (sshhh!) and negotiate a little quiet time.
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