ON WRITING

The Heisenberg Principle of Uncertainty Applied to One’s Writing

Who knew it wasn’t just about photons and other particles?

Jill Ebstein
Writers’ Blokke
Published in
3 min readDec 17, 2023

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Particles like electrons and photons moving fast
Photo by Shahadat Rahman on Unsplash

Allow me to sound smarter than I am.

There is a principle I learned in college called “The Heisenberg Principle of Uncertainty.” Not surprisingly, it was created by a man named Werner Heisenberg, a German physicist, and it won him the Nobel prize.

In a simple nutshell, Heisenberg proved that you cannot know the speed and position of particles at the same time. “Particles” means tiny things like electrons and photons.

So, if you’ve stuck with me for this long, “Why,” you might wonder, “Am I writing about Heisenberg in a publication that focuses on writing and truly doesn’t care about the position of tiny particles?”

Envelope, please

I have made my living post-business school, studying and applying customer feedback. It’s allowed me, for the most part, to write at will and not worry about the ka-ching. Feedback is me.

I released one novel last year and will be releasing its sequel this year. I can say with some certainty that I have not known my “customer-readers” well enough, at least in the first book. I don’t despair. I just aim to…

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Jill Ebstein
Writers’ Blokke

I’m about dogs, our lovable and peculiar families, business, and writing in a wide lane, including fiction. I’m a positivity washer too. www.jillebstein.com