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On writing
I hate writing. Which sounds crazy, since I do so much of it. But it's tedious and it's hard. Right now, I'm thinking about all the LJ posts I want to make -- actual essays with actual smart content. But the effort of getting them out of my head and through my fingers and onto the page often seems like more than I have the energy to deal with.

Writing is an interface between my brain and yours. But it's an interface that's half-developed on the fly and the data is filtered at both ends, without a firm set of specs to make sure we both have the same filter. I suppose, in part, that's good. If we could perfectly communicate with each other, I bet we would generate less ideas.

And the interface becomes an object in and of itself. Though that's something I try to minimize in my writing. I'd rather you just notice what I say, rather than the words I say it in. It's difficult.

Now I'm stuck on what to write next, to make this post feel finished. But I'll be late for work if I take any longer, so this will have to do.

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You did it! This is an actual meta, here.

I have always admired your minimalism.

Hee! Kind of disorganized and rushed meta, though. Maybe on the weekend I can write something up.

I do wonder why you spend so much time doing something you don't like to do.

I have occasionally felt that writing was hard, usually when I was pushing myself to do something objectively "good", fic-wise, rather than just having a good time. I never feel that way about LJ entries, though, or the things I composed in chat windows. (: It all just pours out.

I hate to write. But I love to communicate. :) I like the result but dislike the process because it's time-consuming and difficult.

Doing things that are hard are satisfying beyond the immediate like or dislike of the activity. If I only did stuff I liked to do, I would be less happy. So, I write instead of watching another Simpsons re-run.

Well, some days I just watch the Simpsons.

Doing things that are hard are satisfying beyond the immediate like or dislike of the activity.

I do understand this. Yet I don't think I'd have the stamina to keep doing hard things that I didn't also like doing.

You (and your Protestant work ethic) remain my hero.

That's why I never have smart contents in my posts, I guess...

Right now, I think all my smart content is stuck in my brain.

That's how I feel 90% of the time. Well, no, orally in French I can be smart too XD

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