Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Random Thoughts: Can you have distractions while you write?

We all have different ways to get ready to write every day. Some have an office to work in, desk clean, no distractions. Once the door is closed they are ready. Others have a particular place, the dining room table, a chair in their bedroom, a computer desk in a spare room. I sit in a recliner in the living room.

Some will play music while others need silence. I put on a TV show or movie I don’t need to focus on and off I go. When my son was little (he’s now twenty), he understood I wanted to write but didn’t understand that popping his head in every five minutes asking me if I was done yet kept me writing longer. My husband was just as bad. So I invested in a laptop to see if that would give me more time to write without interruptions. It worked. When I sat with them they totally ignored me. It taught me I have less distractions in the middle of the mayhem I call my family then I do locking myself away.


How do you handle distractions?

1 comment:

  1. That is so cool that you can work in the midst of people doing other things. :) I have been known to like that, too (somehow just the physical presence of other/others has seemed to help me ground more), but in recent years I have often seemed to require silence to write, so everyone in my presence also has to be quiet, lol. While when I was younger I used to work with music on, at this point it feels very hard for me to concentrate if there is any other noise in my perception.

    We don't have (human!) kids, so that makes things easier in my house in some ways, I don't doubt. :)

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