Why I Lie To Myself and How It Improves My Writing

Some things are too frightening to write about. I'm supposed to write something soon that really scares me. But I've just managed to write the first few lines of a bit of a scene, simply by pretending to that I wasn't really writing the thing itself, but rather just scribbling a few notes towards the thing. It was easy, fun, and almost painless.

So I now have a new rule of writing, which means I have two rules of writing in total -

1. ALWAYS use your writing as therapy. ALWAYS.
2. Lie to yourself if it seems it might help.

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Comment by Michael Kelligan on July 8, 2009 at 13:05
Just carry on lying Gary - the truth will come out on the stage or wherever the production will take place
Comment by Danny KilBride on July 8, 2009 at 11:57
I have to agree. If anyone ever spots genuine communication when I'm on stage I clam up and suck my thumb (well not literally).

However if art is about truth and beauty, where do we go from here?

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