Writing with Distractions
By CP Bialois
One of the most common battles people have is accomplishing a task surrounded by distractions. While it’s a shared problem, it’s different for writers or artists in general. We range in our ability to deal with what the world throws at us as some have no problem writing when surrounded by bustling noise. I, for one, need quiet or something to block out the noise, hence the wonderful creation of headphones and music.
No one ever claimed writers are normal (Though I contest we are the new normal), but we like to feel comfortable and secure just like anyone else. For many of us, home is our chosen retreat. We have everything we need at hand for a productive day, so what could possibly go wrong?
The answer with vary depending who you talk to, but at some point children or pets dominate the conversation. I tormented the crap out of my mom growing up and rarely gave her a moment’s peace, so she did what so many other parents do: Wished for me to have children as bad or worse than me. I showed her. We don’t have kids, but we do have pets…
Two cats and a dog are our children. They are the sweetest, most loving creatures I’ve ever met. They are also the most needy, whiny, and pains in the backside that have ever lived when I try to write. My wife has taken to calling them fur babies and us as pet servants. I choose to refer to us as condemned and our pets as fur brats, demons, and psychopaths. The last two are descriptions that they do their best to live up to when I have a computer or notebook open.
Our solutions to counter this was having them get down, go somewhere like the library, or eventually yell at them when they pushed for the hundredth time. The only problem with those attempts came when we returned home or they continued to pest just because they wanted to. I know I was a rotten kid (One of my nicknames 🙂 ), but come on!
Anyway, the best way I’ve found is to outlast them. It helps that I’m extremely stubborn and if I can make it through the first hour, then I’m gold as they give up and do what they normally do like eat and/or sleep. All I have to worry about then is the wife, but that’s where headphones come in to play. (I’m so going to get into trouble for saying that).
What are your tricks to being productive? Do you like to work anywhere special, bribe your distractions, or outlast them?