Cover Photo: A photograph of the writer's kitchen table, with her laptop on top, and her golden retriever tucked into a corner behind her chair
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Writing in the Kitchen, in the Presence of Those I Love Most

Maybe I’m just not a writer who’s meant to work in peace and quiet, as lovely as that sounds.

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Wow, you seem awfully needy. That’s not a problem for me!

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For the last couple of years—especially when my kids were home doing remote school every day—I got used to working on my book with the sounds of the household all around me. What started out as challenging gradually became normal, even somewhat comforting. Now, on the rare occasions when I do retreat to work behind my closed office door, it can feel a bit isolated (and not only because I know the dog misses me). Maybe I’m just not a writer who’s meant to work in peace and quiet, as lovely as that sounds.

Nicole Chung is the author of the national bestseller All You Can Ever Know and a contributing writer at The Atlantic, where she writes a weekly newsletter. Find her on Twitter: @nicolesjchung