“You can often tell if someone is busy being the star of his own show by the ear buds, which are worn in situations that don’t really call for them. In fact, the only reason someone would be wearing them in that situation is if they needed a soundtrack for their own personal movie, starring them, as they walk down the avenue looking at reflections of themselves in shop windows. This is not the discipline of the effective writer.
Interesting people are interested people. Interesting writers are interested writers.”
Douglas Wilson, Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life