Listen now (9 min) | Writing is a lonely job. It demands spending extended periods by yourself working on articles, stories or books, often without feedback from others. Look at the work spaces of many famous writers, and you'll find them typing away in basements, coffee shops and rooms at the tops of their houses or backs of their apartments. The American poet Raymond Carver, for example, often wrote on a notepad in his car. The big question is: How can you balance the time you need by yourself to create and the accompanying feelings of loneliness?