Have you ever been blocked while playing Frisbee? Eating doughnuts? Dancing naked in your living room? Those are joyful things and there's nothing at stake: if you fail, who cares? Nobody. If there are no rules, and no judgment, psychological blocks are impossible. And remember writers like making names and overthinking things: there is no term for architect-block, painter-block, juggler-block or composer-block. Every creative pursuit faces similar pressures, but they donâ€™t obsess about it the way writers seem to do.
His point is that we need to loosen up about writing, to make the creative process fun. And while I agree that I overthink practically everything including writing, I think it's a bit reckless to ignore the fact that writing has consequences. And to dismiss the emotional issues students and scholars experience. I know there's a balance to strike and I do a lot of distracting myself and procrastinating to combat all the insecurities I have, the struggle to make it all fit, to say what I want it to say.
That said. The Watson paper has been done since yesterday, which is good considering I present tomorrow. We leave for Kentucky this afternoon. I'm looking forward to it. And for once, I'm actually pleased with my paper, and I am curious as to what kind of questions, suggestions, responses I will get. Wish me luck and fun.