When you write at home do you get interrupted? I’ve heard it said that you wouldn’t get interrupted if you worked in an office. Well, I’ve worked in an office, and I did get interrupted, just not from my family. I think we all get interrupted.
They key for me is to not let it happen at critical moments. At work I could shut my office door. At home, maybe there isn’t an office door.
Here’s what did the trick for me. I explained why a 10 second interruption hurt my writing.
When I’m writing, I hold 2, 3 sometimes 4 ideas in my head at a time. If someone says “Do you know where the (blank – and you can fill in whatever blank is) is?, the ideas in my head crash to the ground and shatter. I then spend the next idea picking them up and putting them back together again.
This description seemed to work and now I’m left alone unless there is a true emergency.
Now all you need to do is define a true emergency.
- Interruptions (karenranney.wordpress.com)