'bout writing

It's very strange to me how my writing process works and how all these emotional issues come up when I sit down to work. There was a thread on the listserv discussing a Scott Berkun essay where he talks about writer's block being a sham. He says it's fear of not writing well that causes difficulty. I say: DUH!

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 don’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.