Wear Headphones (at all times)

Show them you’re busy. Find a pair that’s cumbersome to take off–or better yet, the noise canceling type that actually block out the world. Refer to the following script for maximum effect:



           EXT. BUSY STREET, DAY 
   
           INTERRUPTER–needy and extroverted (master of the ‘real job’)–sees a learned DALY PROSE READER walking down the street, she seems animated by her music and very much 
in her own world. He walks over to say hello anyway.

DALY PROSE READER
Bobs head to music. 

INTERRUPTER
 Greetings. So I was just wondering…

DALY PROSE READER
Points at ear, mouths ‘I can’t hear you’
like Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Removes bulky headphones.
Sorry, What’s up?

INTERRUPTER
Confidence rattled. Well, um, no, nothing. 
It’s just, I was just… But I can see your busy. 

DALY PROSE READER 
Smiles and puts headphones back on 

The two part ways, interruption averted. 
                
               FADE TO BLACK 

Have a Playlist


Here’s how some greats have done it: 
Hunter S. Thompson wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to a live version of “sympathy for the devil” on repeat. Stephen King  is a metal guy*.  David Foster Wallace mentions writing to  Pink Floyd and Nirvana in his book length interview Although of Course you end up Becoming Yourself. He kept a poster of Alainis Morisette on his bedroom wall. Art of Manliness founder, Brett McKay puts on the manly film scores from Gladiator and Braveheart. 


*King on writing