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Writing Through the Chaos: Are you one of those writers who can write anytime, anywhere? In your office, at the kitchen table, in a restaurant or a check-out line? Interruptions don't phase you as you answer questions, help kids with homework, cook dinner, & give the dog a bath while continuing to write, never losing a word, page, or chapter? Please share with me how you do that.
Once I start writing, interruptions blow me out of the water. My train of thought is often derailed by chaos around me and quickly lost if someone speaks to me. My husband and I agreed that he wouldn't interrupt if the DND sign was on my closed office door unless the fire department, police, or an ambulance had been dispatched.
It's a good plan but often, as soon as I settle in and the passages start flowing, I hear a tap, tap as he gently knocks on my office door, easing it open and saying, "I hate to interrupt you but..."! If I had a dollar for every time I've heard that neither of us would need to work.
Another culprit is the telephone...How do telemarketers know when I'm deep in thought, churning out pages? Again, my concentration is lost. While I will turn down the volume, I prefer not turning the phone off in case of emergencies. And yes, even the mad buzzing my cell phone makes on vibrate throws me off kilter!
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