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Doing the Work

It’s kind of a self-help phrase, “doing the work,” used in various forms of therapy, recovery and personal development programs.

All of which I love, by the way. But since you are a writer, let me come at it from a different angle. At that is what happens if you don’t do the work.

If you don’t do the work, you project your psychic struggles through your fiction or attempt to settle scores with your non-fiction. If you don’t do the work, you are driven by subconscious complexes rather that being able to receive information from the collective unconscious.

If you don’t do the work, you are passing on a form of contagion, whereas if you do the work, your creativity will flow more smoothly. Because if you stop avoiding things in real life it actually makes it easier to write about those things.

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