When I sit down to write, the t.v. has to be off, the dog had to be sleeping and the husband has to be busy doing something other than talking to me. I also need the right temperature and generally, no other noise like music (although sometimes I throw on something classical to drown out background noises).
We all have ideal working conditions for writing / working. My husband will have 80s tunes playing (rather loudly) when he’s doing class prep. I’d be too busy singing instead of writing. And I actually find the low drone of his music annoying even though he is a couple rooms away.
I know other people who will go to coffee shops or libraries but for me there are just too many distractions. They are great places to do research but for the the actual act of writing they don’t work for me. I don’t like to be interrupted and I’m too tempted to people watch.
In fact, if I get more than a few interruptions I tend to get downright, what’s the word… ornery. You can ask anyone I’ve worked with and most certainly my husband.
Of course if I waited for the ideal work conditions I would never get anything done. So I take the ideal 10 – 15 minutes wherever I can slot them in. Because lets face it, the rest of the world won’t stop for us. Maybe it does for Oprah but it doesn’t for me.
So tell me (us)… which environment works best for you and why? What is you’re “ideal” environment and what do you suffer through?