‘The Void,’ and why understanding it leads to our best creative work
Alex Mathers
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Hi Alex, I am in a big void most every evening. I know exactly what you mean and I know the struggle between seeking a diversion and staying put. Staying put is ALWAYS better — I don’t always stay put, but I am learning. Because when I avoid and don’t write, I feel like I am suffocating. That feeling doesn’t stop until I get back into my writing schedule. Once I am writing, I can breathe again and feel light. I read John Grisham say that “nothing will happen until you are writing each day, no excuses” or something very close to that. I don’t think he meant it in a broad sense or a philosophical sense, but maybe he did, and I take it that way. Because truly, nothing happens in any part of my life until I am writing consistently. When I am writing the feeling spreads into other parts of my life, adding color and energy and creativity.

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