Day 19 of the A to Z Challenge and post 17. Good old letter Q.
When you sign-up for a challenge where you have to post about each letter of the alphabet, certain letters JUMP out at you at having the potential to be difficult. You might think J and Q, X and Z would be problems. Basically, all the high letter scorers in scrabble.
Q is one that I had a few ideas milling around. I thought about writing a post on Query Letters, but I’ve never written one and if I go the Self-Publishing route, wouldn’t need one. Another idea was about Quarantine and linking that to editing.
In the end, as I’m not at work today and plan a day of writing, I thought about the noises that might distract me.
That got me thinking about Quiet.
Do you need silence to write?
Are you a writer who needs to have peace and quiet to allow your brain to conjure up the words on the page or screen?
I’ve commented on a number of posts over the last six months discussing this very issue. I don’t have problem writing with noise in the background. Often, I have a News Channel on when I write. The volume is low, but I can hear them. I do like breaking news 🙂
When the voices are on a drama, I find it difficult to write. If I’m working and my wife is watching TV, I plug-in my iPod and listen to music to drown out the noise. Any music is fine apart from classical. For some reason I have to stop what I’m doing and listen to classical music.
I wrote the first 30,000 words for August Camp NaNo last year with the Olympics on in the background. I timed my breaks to the events I wanted to watch (Go Team GB!) but wrote with it on all day long. Maybe I could have written more if I wrote in silence. I might have to give that a go on my next NaNo’ing experience.
How about you? What type of environment do you need to help your writing? Do you put up a sign with Quiet please, writer working?
This is my Q post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. A list of all my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts are to be found here.
Today’s photographs are from the QUEEN’S house, old Buck Palace. This is the best I had for Q!