You sit down to write, or read, or draw (basically whatever “it” is that you do) and someone comes and sits down or stands right next to you – or behind you.
“Leonid Pasternak – The Passion of creation” by Leonid Pasternak – http://www.art-in-exile.com/forums/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=14639. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.
Suddenly, you can no longer function. You can’t concentrate on the page or project before you.. All you can concentrate on are the eyes you imagine looking over your shoulder, trying to sneak a peak at whatever it is your doing. Those eyes are judging your every move (or reading whatever your trying to read or write).
Am I alone? Am I the only person who feels this way?
My family knows that I have this problem. I just can’t write with someone looking over my shoulder. My mind will go completely blank. For the most part, they’re supportive of this. However…
They don’t always realize that they aren’t being quite as supportive as they think.
For instance, my husband and my daughters can ignore me all day long, but as soon as I pull out my laptop to write, they will all start to hover around my general vicinity. They may not stay long, but once one is gone, another takes their place. Or at least one of them will decide that they absolutely MUST read a book… sitting so close to me that they may as well be on my lap. Of course, in that scenario even if I could write, I don’t have the space to type (yes, they get that close!).
I usually try to send them all away by giving them little “chores” or pulling out the “don’t you need to…” card. But it doesn’t always work. And then I get frustrated. I just want to yell at them:
But I don’t.
Instead, I close my laptop and wait for another opening in my day.
And while a part of me is really happy to get that time with my family… another part of me gets really sad.
I asked the all-knowing Google for suggestions, but only found one article that dealt with how to deal with interruptions while writing. Only finding one article made me wonder…
Am I am one of only a few people that have this issue? If I’m not, how do you deal with these type of situations?