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The Myth of the Peaceful Writer’s Life

The Myth of the Peaceful Writer's Life

What? I can’t hear you. WHAT?

I know so many writers who claim that they need absolute silence in order to write. I used to be one of them.

As I write this, we’re having a hardwood floor refinished in the room directly above my office.

If you’ve never had a floor redone, I envy you. You probably still have your hearing.

It turns out that old hardwood boards are incredibly acoustic. And if you grind on them with two-ton industrial vacuum-equipped sanders, you get what is quite possibly one of the loudest sounds in the known universe.

It’s a noise so painfully loud, you can plug your ears and shout to the person next to you, and they don’t even know you’re there. A 747 could land on my front lawn, and I wouldn’t know.

Right now, there are probably people at NASA scratching their heads over the cosmic feedback spewing from these machines.

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