But when you toss in random background noises, writing becomes impossible. Kids screaming, noisy conversations, a television blasting cartoons, someone constantly asking you for favors and tasks, etc., it all makes every sentence a painful task. And, if you're like me, you tell yourself things like I didn't get anything done because people were distracting me as an excuse for being a lazy writer.
Well, I have a solution for these things: ambience. Creating ambience makes writing possible in even the noisiest of locations.
This past week, I had the honor of talking to numerous individuals with my same ideals and interests. One of these outstanding people happened to be a writer who was--and is--struggling to get his creativity onto paper. He explained that he had all of these ideas in his heart, but just couldn't get them into the open. When I told him that I understood his plight but had overcome this same issue some years back, he gave me the same gasp and wide-eyed look that I usually get from writers/creators who have yet to finish a single project.
This isn't unusual. Finishing a project is hard. I firmly believe that no one is a greater critic of good writing than the work's creator. I have several friends who are writers and all of them have poured their hearts into projects for months and even years only to leave them unfinished. It isn't easy to finish what you started, but why is that? There are actually several reasons, but I'm going to pick a few that I know have personally impacted me.