Sometimes I will start one of my writing productivity talks or workshops by playing Elvis Costello’s song, Every Day I Write the Book . While the theme of his song is more about love than writing, the chorus is a repetitive “Every day, every day, every day, every day I write the book.” This is a very useful tape loop to implant in the mind of a blocked writer.
Speaking of tape loops and music, writers really vary in terms of what they need in terms of external sound when they write. Some crave absolute uninterrupted silence, others like a cacophony of ambient cafe noise, and others gravitate toward music. When I write songs I require complete silence so I can hear internally. I generally work in silence for other types of writing, but on occasion I’ll get into the zone in a cafe and somehow appreciate being encased in a shroud of muffled conversations.
Writing can be lonely, and if this is uncomfortable for you, writing in public may help mute the distraction of those feelings. If you aren’t writing because there are too many external distractions, you may need to consciously create a better insulated bubble to write in. Experiment.
Elvis Costello has written hundreds of songs, which indicates he probably does write just about every day. Try it out, and one day you’ll discover you’ve actually written the book too.