Marching orders.

“getting ready for a record feels like being an athlete getting ready for a race except nobody trains you, nobody tells you what and what not to do, you just have to find your self-discipline and pray that you make the right choices so you don’t walk into the studio a distracted, broken, unorganized mess. you can suggest to the people around you that you need to be undistorted, undistracted, and focused, but nobody will go out of their way to not bother you.

so you basically have to start an ongoing duck and cover tactic, even with the people who you love, who are, of course, the exact people who assume they are exempt from distracting you.” – afp

This is also true of writing or pretty much any creative work that requires solitude and concentration. It is hard to enforce when you have not gotten anywhere visible yet, although this sort of post indicates it is also hard to enforce when you have. Sometimes I imagine I’d be able to build a wall of published hardbacks to keep myself in a safe creative space, but it may always be enemy territory, staked out with blood and full of traps and snipers.

I don’t have anything helpful to add except do not fear to be intense about your need to be alone to create. Be alone on or offline. Silence your ringer. Tell people you won’t be answering emails. Log out of Twitter, Facebook, whatever. Grant yourself silence. Just fucking go for it.

If, like me, you have a problem with people approaching you in coffeeshops to chat, I find that wearing headphones while pretending to listen to music is effective in preventing people from approaching you. For anyone bold enough to prompt a stranger to remove their headphones, I’m working on a line of tiny signs that say please fuck off.