The more I write (have been doing it for almost 3 years full time), the more I notice how important it is TO NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE RANDOMIZE YOU. Writing requires sharp focus, and often it arrives at a costly mental effort. Every interruption of this state causes me about 30 minutes of getting myself back to that place of concentration.
I have to cook in my story, to feel it. For this, I have to think only about my story. For this, I have to empty my head of everything else. For this, I have to not let any other thought jar me and make me think of trivial nonsense. In a way it's a sort of a meditation. That is why writing first thing in the morning is so productive. Many writers do it. Others go to secluded places, like hotels or writing retreats or that nice hidden cave on the moon . Yet others drink wine or vodka or whatever. Yet others are unable to achieve it.
The most important skill as a writer I have developed over 3 years is...are you ready for this?
TO SHUT THE DOOR INTO PEOPLE'S FACES AND NOT LET THEM BOTHER ME UNTIL I'M DONE.
Have you noticed the same? Curious if this 30 minutes rule applies to other artists, not just writers (or even other writers, not just me).