the opposite problem

I’ve neglected this blog a lot recently, and I’m not quite sure why. I enjoy writing posts here and talking to all of you who comment here and on facebook and elsewhere.  I think sometimes I just don’t really want to do the things that I enjoy doing, including writing. Sometimes I just want to feel the way I feel when I don’t do those things. It’s a different way of relating to the world.

Perhaps it is simply that I have grown comfortable with being alone, not really sharing much with others. Many people I know are deathly afraid of their loneliness. But I have relaxed into it as I’ve gotten older, and I have the opposite problem these days, that I sometimes fear connection with others. For me, it is so terribly painful to be misunderstood, to not be known. I guess that is a kind of loneliness, too, now that I think about it.

Of course I like to think that my inner life is more real and full of depth and meaning than any interaction with others.  You have to think like that in order to become a writer, and being a writer, you have to talk about it as though it makes you somehow special, when perhaps any introvert will feel the same way. It becomes more comfortable to be alone, to try to contain yourself and all your worlds inside your own body.

I think that when a way of being becomes safe and comfortable, it is time to change. Perhaps even to destroy, annihilate, devastate and abandon! If not, we get stuck in a ‘safe place’ with our writing, and we fail. We are too scared to throw it all out and start again. But creativity is always yin/yanging with destruction. True artistry does not spring from balanced contentment, but is the phoenix that is born from the flames as the old world burns to ashes. I’d really love to write that sentence in a less pretentious way, but there it is, that’s exactly what I want to say right now. Change or die, people. Change or die.

 

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3 Responses to “the opposite problem”

  1. It’s that moment you realise the story you’ve so enjoyed writing isn’t worth reading. meaning a complete rewrite or a fresh blank page and some new ideas. I find it’s all too easy to get caught up in the smugness of “I’m a writer and I write” often forgetting to write well…

    It pays to be self critical and also to get fresh views on your own preconceptions… but there are plenty of writers who are none of the above and plow on regardless churning out book after book [or fan-fic after fan-fic] and seem to get along very nicely thank you…

    Ultimately although change can be good, not all change is worthwhile…

  2. Henry says:

    I often fear I am too happy. Suggestions?

  3. george says:

    Happiness is cool.