It's all about creating a space for your writing.
My husband's avocation is music. It brings him joy, but it makes him a walking noise machine. Just as a good writer writes often, a good musician practices frequently. Incessantly, to be accurate. Thought-disrupting, poem-wrecking, banging on the keyboards, so much harmonica I think I'm in a black and white prison movie practice.
He's got good reasonably good taste in music, but every set list has a clunker or two that he still needs to practice... repeatedly. Hence, the problem of earworms. Mercifully, I have three solutions:
This is the garden shed my husband renovated. He added windows, wired up the electric, hung drywall and damn near cut off his left index finger on a table saw building the screen door. Not only did we end up in the emergency room, but he had to play a bass gig with only three useful fingers on his fret hand.
It's hot in the summer, cold in the winter, but quiet and peaceful, filled with things that make me happy and perfect to generate ideas with pen and notebook.
Woman Cave #2: The office
Doubles as a guest room, but we're recluses so we rarely have that issue. This is the less creative, more down-to-business place to get on the laptop and to revise and finish up pieces.
At some point, in the interest of remaining married, I need to spend some time in his presence. Alas, he spends his downtime watching old movies. Noise machine.
The solution is headphones, available at any hardware store. He can watch film noir, and I can write in the same room with him..
We have a right to a writing space
On a writing retreat, author Linda Hasselstrom told me that we have the right to our own space for writing. It is part of our work. We need a spot to go devoted to words. Even if it's a card table in the laundry room, we want, and should have, a place dedicated to word work.
Where is your writing space?
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