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Writing is so bloody hard! - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
January 3rd, 2003
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Writing is so bloody hard!
Like Borges, I'd rather write short, brilliant summaries/recaps/reviews than write the texts themselves. I'm saying this regarding a couple of really cool things I should be writing about in this LJ, but am not.

Current Mood: frustrated
Current Music: Shlomo Yidov -- Erev Kaxol Amok (Meir Ariel Tribute)

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Date:January 4th, 2003 04:43 am (UTC)

Hard writing vs. hardly writing...

A few suggestions in hopes of aiding you to overcome the block:

(a) find a likeminded quote to start off, and cite it up top.

(b) consider how much you want to share the material, and/or receive responses to it.

A fellow reluctant writer, you know... but an avid reader (of yours, among others :-)
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Date:January 20th, 2003 05:19 pm (UTC)

What is making it hard to write

is that you imagine you or someone else might not be satisfied with the result. And then it's better not to write at all rather than being embarrassed because of having published something that doesn't meet your own standards.

At least I suffer from that. Hence there wasn't a single posting from me for almost half a year. In fact I intended to reply to one of your postings in a political debate we started but erased my comment before posting it. It simply sounded too harsh.

In general I tend to blow up my messages by explaining my ideas too much. First I write a 3-liner but then I'm afraid that it might get misunderstood. So I write a long explanation of how it was meant. Then I get afraid that this might be misunderstood, too, and write an explanation of my explanation. And of course this is followed by an explanation of the explanation of my explanation.
Finally my text has 300 lines - basically saying the same as the original 3-liner. And the reader falls asleep before reaching the end...

If you have any ideas how to overcome that problem or how to fight perfectionism in general, please let me know. Any comments appreciated.
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