"It turns out that the outside world and all its demands aren’t just distractions from writing, as most writers tend to think, they are also buffers for our bruised psyches. They pull us away from our muse, to be sure, but they also protect us from our own demons. When there are phone companies to fight with, deadlines to meet, aging mothers to be nursed, eyebrows to wax—who has time to schedule in soul searching?"
Life in Lady Writer Heaven | Women’s Media Center
Courtney Martin has a lovely personal essay about the solitude of a writer’s retreat, with a nod to Virgina Woolf. In this piece, I also see even more confluence with the idea I liked about "The Busy Trap" here, the acknowledgement that when the time-consuming distractions of life go away, the existential demons come out to play.