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Feb 15, 2019 21:40:44

I'm bored writing on 200wad, and that might actually be a good thing

by @jasonleow | 243 words | 367🔥 | 405💌

Jason Leow

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So I'd been whining publicly about my writing slump here. I still feel dry and unstimulated to write. I think at it's core, it's really boredom. I commented to @christopherdeuda yesterday that it's a feeling, of general uninspired-ness. Sure sounds like a definition of boredom to me. 


Then @lucjah said something strange. She said, "i so hope the general uninspired-ness will not leave you too soon. So many new really unexpected beautiful things may rise from there!" I loved that! It was reframing a slump, from what was usually deemed as a bad thing, into a beautiful opportunity. I'm like, totally inspired now, by the slump. Hahaha.


That got me thinking. I remember reading somewhere that boredom is key to creativity. A quick Google search brought up this article by the Atlantic:


An early, much-cited study gave participants abundant time to complete problem-solving and word-association exercises. Once all the obvious answers were exhausted, participants gave more and more inventive answers to fend off boredom.


Is this what is happening right now? That once all my obvious writing topics were exhausted, I'm now bored, and perhaps on the brink of that stage where I can start writing more and more inventive answers to fend off boredom? 


Wow. 


I feel like I'm having a totally different relationship with my slump now, compared to just 2 days ago. 


Slump, don't go. Stay around, and see what fun we can have.

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    @jasonleow What about your book? Keep going!

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 15, 2019 20:55:50
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      @basilesamel hah yeah the book. Also bored of writing it at the moment. But strangely, trying to 'cheat' on my slump and try to come up with silly, clever, inventive ways to write is proving more fun than I initially realised. Muse works in strange ways

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 15, 2019 22:00:30
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    @christopherdeuda @lucjah thanks for the inspiration for today's post!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 15, 2019 21:48:37
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      @jasonleow welcome =) I'm still amazed how simple and innocent our comments lead to something interesting discoveries.

      In the programming world:

      It feels like you've managed to uncover the cause of bugs/error that has been hiding in the software that causes unexpected behavior.

      Chris 🤔🇵🇭 avatar Chris 🤔🇵🇭 | Feb 15, 2019 22:55:31
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      @christopherdeuda hahah indeed. In this case, the bugs’ unexpected behaviour are turning out to be a feature! ?

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 15, 2019 23:43:33
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