More than once I have seen the advice about keeping your writing projects to yourself.
The idea runs that if you are impelled to write about something, but talk about it before you write it, the writing may never happen.
There are a couple explanations for this:
- The psyche’s subconscious need to tell the story/information has been satisfied
- You use up your enthusiasm talking, and have no energy left for writing
- You begin doubting the idea and self-editing before you even start
This “dire” warning weighs on my mind occasionally, for more than one reason.
First of all, I can see that it’s right. I can use talking about (and organizing) my writing projects to avoid actually working on them. Or I’ll feel an element of one or all of the bulleted points above.
The other reason I think about it is because it doesn’t apply to me.
Yeah. Makes sense to me too.
I’ve said before I process by working through (talking– or writing– about). Writing as a Second Language promotes a corner of the way I think: hash it it the the language you know best (speech) and that will help refine it your second language (print).
The question I face is, How do I reconcile my personality with the prudence to be more closed about my work?
To learn internal processing makes the most sense.
Yeah…I’m working on that…
(Starting a new project. Not going to tell you about it. ;) )