(The door to channels of white and dark noise…)
My friend Dan Read has had some very interesting things to say in connection with my White Noise/Solitude post earlier this week, and I’m going to bring them up out of the comments thread and into this revisting of the subject. See below. I’m curious whether anyone else has trouble with this balance, and any thoughts on it, especially since it’s part of the sustainable career/sustainable creativity section of my forthcoming Booklife book from Tachyon.
Here’s part of my response to Dan, as well: I totally agree with you re channels. Itâ€™s tough sometimes. We keep too many channels open and we have to retreat completely from all of them. The key is the recognition that too many channels are open before a fuse blows. Iâ€™m always somewhat afraid of getting burnt out and not regaining whatever it is that keeps the imagination continuously putting out ideas and images. This in particular resonates: â€œOne thing thatâ€™s tricky is that the channel stays open in your consciousness even when youâ€™re not paying attention to it. In fact, the fact that youâ€™re not paying attention to it at any given moment creates an extra stress.â€ This is one reason I am not writing much fiction while doing the 60 in 60. It started as an interesting exercise, something to cleanse my mind. It still is doing that, but with the linkage to the feature, the Guardian thing etc., it is now much more of a â€œperformanceâ€ than Iâ€™d planned. And so I have to be careful now that this open channel also doesnâ€™t become something that burns me out.
The text below is all copyright Dan Read.