Microphone head on black background

Audio distraction

They are the invention that has made aeroplane and train travel bearable
(screaming children? What screaming children?)

They are the gadget that means I can work on an article while my husband
plays Mad Max (PS4) in the same room (to whoever made the driving sound effects
for that game: I hate you deeply).

Screenshot of Q10 and the first few lines of this article

Q10 – Inexplicably good

Despite the age-related limitations, I’m genuinely enjoying this app. It’s very effective for focus, and just customisable enough to be enjoyable while not straying into “let’s spend three hours fiddling with the controls” territory.

I easily get this review typed out with barely any pause – and then use Q10 to write a couple of freelance pieces while I’m at it.

Typewriter and laptop keyboard blurred together

Writing with distraction

Pre-Internet, I imagine writers’ distraction came in the form of external surroundings: documents strewn on desks, friends calling by, potential sandwiches singing their siren songs.

To an extent, we are still susceptible to these tangents. I have never been so intimately interested in laundry as when I’m meant to be beginning an article in which I have little interest.

However, the vast majority of my distraction comes from the things I use to write: my phone and my computer.

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