Paula needs quiet to write.
Some people can write in crowded cafes, some listen to their
favourite music or ‘mood’ music, and others seem to be able to write anywhere,
anytime, even with the television on.
Unlike them, I need peace and quiet to write. Anything else
is a distraction, even an irritation. I need to be able to immerse myself
totally in the ‘moment’ of my story, and in my characters’ thoughts and
feelings. If I become distracted by music, people talking, or something on TV, I
lose my ‘link’ with the story, and find it hard to get back into it.
Maybe it’s a sign of getting older, because I’m sure I used
to be able to distance myself from external noise, or maybe it’s because,
living on my own, I have become used to the house being quiet and not having
any interruptions, particularly in the evenings.
Having said all that, I’ll admit to being able to think
about a story anywhere. Driving can provide a good thinking time, and a pub
lunch with my brainstorming friend can solve in less than an hour a problem I
have battled with for several hours in the peace and quiet of my study.
What are your writing habits? Peace and quiet? Or can you