IIt is the lack of noise that causes you. After only a few days, you can not hear anything except your own thoughts. And your own thoughts quickly become pretty boring: "What will I take for lunch?", "What will I take for supper?", "Is it time to take a glass? "And so on.

Human beings are social creatures, not designed to be isolated for long periods of time. But last fall, I rented a cottage in North Yorkshire for two months to finish writing my new novel.

The delay was imminent, London was full of distractions, I had to go somewhere to concentrate, alone. After posting a message on Facebook, an old friend appeared and offered his parents' seat on the North York Moors. "Do not…