. . . Resistance to writing, one of the great natural forces of nature. It may be called The Law of Delay: that writing which can be delayed, will be. Teachers and writers too often consider resistance to writing evil, when, in fact, it is necessary.
When I get an idea for a poem or article . . . I feel myself consciously draw away from it. I seek procrastination and delay. There must be time for the seed of the idea to be nurtured in the mind. Far betters writers than I have felt the same way. Over his writing desk, Franz Kafka had one word, “Wait.” William Wordsworth talked of the writer’s “wise passiveness.” Naturalist Anne Dillard recently said, “I’m waiting. I usually get my ideas in November, and I start writing in January. I’m waiting.”
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