On the writing days

The most torturous thing with writing is that most days it feels like you’re doing nothing. But then I go back to the days I was doing something, and astonishingly : the feeling was the same. At the end of each day, I’d feel almost as worthless as I do right now. Perhaps, more.

But with writing, it so happens, rarely of course, that you’ll write a sentence and realize: this is what I was doing that day.

2 responses to “On the writing days”

  1. …. events always involve periods when nothing happens. It’s not even a matter of there being such periods before and after some event, they’re part of the event itself: you can’t, for example, extract the instant of some terribly brutal accident from the vast empty time in which you see it coming, staring at what hasn’t yet happened, waiting for ages for it to happen. The most ordinary event casts us as visionaries, whereas the media turn us into mere passive onlookers, or worse still, voyeurs. Groethuysen said events always take place, so to speak, when nothing’s happening. People miss the amazing wait in events they were least awaiting. It’s art, rather, than the media, that can grasp events: the films of Ozu or Antonioni, for example. But then with them, the periods in which nothing happens don’t fall between two events, they’re in the events themselves, giving events their depth. I have, it’s true, spent a lot of time writing about this notion of event: you see, I don’t believe in things. – Deleuze

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