At War With Oneself (Day 319)

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After a break, I find it nearly impossible to get back to work. I have all the best intentions, but once I’ve been up and away from my writing, it is hard to sit down and focus again.

I thought that because I have five days in Florida with only my Mom and her schedule is packed with activities, I would be able to buckle down and get some writing done.

So far, not so good.

I’ve thought about what’s next in the project I’m working on. I’ve done a little bit of organizing of material but I’m resisting diving back into the actual work. The resistance is strong.

There is this guy called Steven Pressfield, a writer who has written a lot about resistance, who says that the enemy of creativity is Resistance, his term for the destructive force inside of humans that rises up when we are about to progress on a project that has potential to be good.

He begins his book, The War of Art (link here), with this;

There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.

I picked up this book again just now, as I’m struggling to get back on track.

The question I have is: Is it Resistance or avoidance if I spend some time skimming a book about Resistance in an attempt to break through it? Or is it another form of Resistance?

I’m going to give myself an hour to skim and then make myself sit for an hour and write. That way, even if the reading is an hour of resistance, it will be followed by an hour of work.

Problem solved. I hope.



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