I’m not the only writer who has found that a low level of noise can be very conducive for productivity. A few months back in The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf had an entire roundup devoted to exploring why so many people find themselves more productive in coffee shops.
His reasons jive with mine, including there being something about a certain level of distraction, working against closing time, and being out of the office making it feel less like work (he neglected to mention one massive reason: caffeine).
Personally a change of scenery can work wonders, but even when I’m home I like to have just the right amount of noise, which usually comes in the form of a sporting event droning in the background. But I’ve also known writers who lock themselves in a closet and must have complete and utter silence.
Which kind of writer are you? Do you like having a bit of noise or do you need to block everything out?
Art: “His Master’s Voice” – Francis Barraud