Background Noise

"WH Smith" Dudley August 2006 Week 3...

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As a freelance writer, I spend much time at home… alone. I do not work well in complete silence. Playing music does not help. In fact, it makes matters worse because I feel the need to sing along. At that point, work becomes a lost cause.

When working elsewhere, I hear the sounds of people moving about, talking and whatnot while I am concentrating on my work tasks. I find that I get much accomplished with this noise all around me, so I copy it at home – in a way.

I play DVDs. Often continuous play discs that will restart by themselves. This is because I am not really paying attention to what is in the DVD player. I simply need the noise to concentrate. The television does not even have to be loud. I need some noise, but not so as it becomes a disturbance.

Sometimes I sit outside to work. I am aware that the neighbors are talking and visiting around me. I can hear them, but am not really paying attention to their words. I am simply using the noise they generate to concentrate on the task at hand.

Without the background noise, I would never get anything done.

Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.