One of the anti-writing mind-states I am susceptible to is dread, which theMerriam Webster dictionary defines thusly: “to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face.” Perhaps you have felt this about writing too.
It is a curious thing to feel a profound sense of dread when the anticipated task is just writing some words. I mean, how hard can it be? I could understand it better if I was anticipating say, a waterboard interrogation in Guantanamo, or if I was put in restraints and forced to listen to The Carpenters Greatest Hits album in its entirety….but dread about writing? What’s up with that?
I am not an evolutionary biologist, but I am guessing that writing may, at times, make us tap into a set of rather primitive survival programs encoded in our reptilian brain that have to do with recognizing danger and running for our lives. My personal experience is that it is during the anticipation of writing when these reactions are most pronounced. The horror is often reduced if we find a way to become engaged in the writing process and handle the challenges one by one.
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