I haven’t been spending much time writing these days. These daily blog posts are just about the only writing I have been doing. But it doesn’t worry me. I’ve taken writing fasts before and they have all been productive, though in a very different way.
In an interview with George Wickes which was published in the Paris Review, Wickes asked Henry Miller, “Is there a particular conditioning that the writer can go through, like the Zen swordsman?”
Miller answered, “Why, of course, but who does it? Whether he means to do it or not, however, every artist does discipline himself and condition himself in one way or another. Each man has his own way. After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I’d say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you’re walking or shaving or playing a game or whatever, or even talking to someone you’re not vitally interested in. You’re working, your mind is working, on this problem in the back of your head. So, when you get to the machine it’s a mere matter of transfer.”