This is a hilarious old New Yorker article from 2005 about a middle aged white guy named Russell Jones. If you’re unaware, Russell Jones was also the real name of now deceased rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Fans and friends alike would call to say hello, and even though Jones would explain to them he was not the Russell Jones they were looking for, they would often still ask that he give ODB a message.
One time Method Man called:
“This is Method.” Methane? Methadone?
“Yo, Rusty, how you been, we need to get together.”
“Professional Writing Expertise,” by Ronald Kellogg, contains enough writerly insight to fuel a thousand Iowa workshops. And the opening words could not be more comforting: “Writing extended texts for publication is a major cognitive challenge, even for professionals who compose for a living.” See, Dad! This is hard work.
One strategy: Try to limit your working hours, write at a set time each day, and try your best not to emotionally flip out or check email every 20 seconds. This is called “engineering” your environment.