“Writing feels like solitude. I like to write with quiet around me. I even switch off my music. It’s a place I go to reflect on my thoughts.” Tuelo Gabonewe a South African novelist.
I am with Tuelo. Even beautiful melodies get in my way when I write. I try to get as close to absolute silence as one can find in a city.
In one of Malcolm Gladwell’s writings he notes he needs activity when he works. When he went from journalist around buzzing activity to non-fiction essayist for the New Yorker, they put him in a quiet office. So, he went to busy restaurants to write. He needed non-solitude.
Human genomes are remarkably similar but our needs can differ like the sun and one human cell.