I've never thought of writing as a lonely profession, but I do consider it as a profession that is filled with challenges and distractions.
I love reading all types of books, both fiction and nonfiction--thrillers, murder mysteries, romances with a good story line, histories, adventures, travel and biographies. Thanks to Red Room bloggers, I now include some sci-fi and paranormal romances. I've never thought about what writing genre I favour. I keep trying to write some kick-ass thriller but somehow my hero/heroine is a "foodie" with an attitude. Martial arts' moves may connect purely by flukey accident. And my vision of Uzis, Berettas, sniper-scopes, missiles and fast cars are replaced by a paring knife and a fork as the weapons of mass destruction. What is it with my keyboard? I want to create mayhem, violence, lots of blood and gore, but what ends up on my screen is warm and fuzzy. Sigh--that's one of my challenges or maybe, that's my calling. . .
Distractions are plentiful. After immersing myself in my character's dilemna and plunging him/her into more trouble, it is inevitable that Nature calls. I don't mean the bathroom breaks but the need for food and the great outdoors beckons--especially if it's great walking weather. To further distract me away from my keyboard, there's family demands and house and garden stuff as well as email and checking out the Red Room blogs.
There's people to see, places to go and there's research--there's always research. I love research, the delving into all sorts of information "treasures." It's pure gold when the info path leads you down numerous roads, plunging you into fascinating areas of new information that should probably be in another book or future story. Historical research material with carefully bundled correspondence are especially distracting. Most times, beautifully hand-written letters to family and friends gives a glimpse of daily lives and leaves a record of a past era. Other times, it requires a great deal of squinting and guessing to decipher someone's penmanship. Was this a personal message or a business one?
See--distractions, the bane of a writer's existence as well as another challenge--the challenge of finding more time.