For some reason, it bothers me when I’m working on my novel and people are looking over my shoulder. Or, at least I think they’re looking over my shoulder. I’m not sure why this bothers me, but for some reason it’s just something I can’t stand. It’s strange. I mean, as a writer, I base everything on other people reading my work. Therefore, being bothered by someone looking over my shoulder while I write really shouldn’t bother me.
I think it partially may be because I’m worried that whoever is looking won’t take me seriously. They’ll just think “Oh, he must just be messing around writing a little story. He should find something better to do.” That’s is most certainly not the case at all. I can’t think of a whole lot of other things I could be doing that is better than writing. A few, maybe. But, writing is certainly top 5 on my fun things to do list!
Another idea I have is that I want people to read my work when it’s at its best. Not when it’s still in the stage of whatever mindless drivel I have put onto the page. Not that I think my ideas are bad, but how many people are really truly happy with their first draft? I certainly am not; especially with what happened after my last review.
Most of the time when I’m writing in a public setting and there are people around me, I have Word open and zoomed out to the point where I can just barely make out what I’m writing. Either that, or I turn down the screen brightness so you’d have to be looking directly at my screen to see what’s going on. This probably isn’t very good for my writing. Maybe I’m just self conscious about it? I’m not entirely sure.
How do you feel about writing in public? Are you okay with people glancing at whatever you’re writing?