Having something break your concentration is particularly bad when it took an effort to manage to even start concentrating in the first place.
In an ideal world, authors would be able to concentrate in any situation, any place. But it’s not ideal, and there are situations that completely kill our concentration. But everyone is different. Everyone has a different tolerance for noise, cold, heat, light, and so on.
Having written through raising two children, I can consider a lot of annoying sounds white noise, but video games, especially those with loud background noises and my husband playing guitar seem to be the worst offenders for things I have a hard time blocking out. Thank goodness for earplugs.
Just about anything can break my concentration when writing. Noises like people talking in the hall, cars passing in the street, music… I wear headphones the whole time I write, but I don’t listen to anything…
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