André Gide was in his seventies during the war; he explains in his diary that he was writing a weekly chronicle for a French newspaper, thus he HAD to write. As an experienced writer, he managed to do it, but he explains his surprise, because some articles were very slowly and painfully written, or some articles seemed absurd for him because terribly trivial & obvious. But he had to hand in his paper…
These two kinds, he says, were considered fabulous and the best of the best, etc, by the audience.
I read Bill Bruford‘s autobiography. He was the great drummer of Yes or King Crimson. He explains that some concerts were a mystery to him, because when the team on stage felt it was great and magic, it was obviously NOT the public’s opinion. And on the contrary, some lukewarm or boring performances triggered tears of joys and fantastic reviews in the newspaper the day tomorrow. So WTF…
You bloggers know this pattern by heart :
- Some days you’re happy with an article, and you get just a couple of likes and no comments. Dang!
- Some days, it’s very hard to finish, you’re slow, doughy and grey, and you get truckloads of emotion, congrats and joy and you feel like a hen who found panties.
FOUR : Why?
Obviously, because we don’t understand the effects what we do have on others – but I love to make it more Chinese :
Because we focus on “Why” and “How”. And we forget to imagine the “Where” and “When”. Mmhhh?
Write, write, and write. It’s an exercise, it’s good : maybe some people will hate it or like it, but who knows? Not you! If it triggers one idea in one head, it’s perfect. You’ll never know. Just work. Go on. You’re good!
Have a nice day!
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