More on Junot (I swear I’m not a stalker…)

From an MIT newspaper article about Junot Diaz that Marci sent me:

So how did he triumph over his writer’s block? For one thing, he set aside the sci-fi book that wasn’t coming together. Beyond that, it was a matter of persistence and hard work.

“I just bullied myself through it. I just kept throwing myself out into the wilderness of the word,” Diaz says. “I would write 200 pages, get [expletive] depressed and crazy, sit around for two months, and then come back and write another 200 pages. It was endless. Sometimes they don’t come easy.”

Ah goodie, a peek at what lies ahead.

I mentioned this to Andy, and of course we got into a little fight about it. It seems like when it comes to my writing, we always end up arguing. I say he just doesn’t understand, when of course he does, he’s already written a book, plus he knows me really well. And he says I’m just too unmotivated/distracted/scared/easy on myself. Which isn’t always true. But probably sometimes is.

I don’t know what the answer is. Maybe, as with many of my flaws (cough cough being too argumentative cough cough) I recognize my problem and want to change things, but at the same time, I don’t really want to put in all the effort that that change would take.

Maybe it’s me being defeatist since it seems that whenever I do put in all the effort it takes to change, I eventually run out of steam and regress and totally explode in the opposite direction.

Or maybe, as Junot said, this is the [expletive] depressed and crazy period of the cycle, and in a few days I’ll write 200 pages.


  1. tu says:

    humps are hard. persist! best wishes..

  2. diane says:

    hey, i find it difficult to just write a restaurant brief for Citysearch or prep for Kaplan, so i TOTALLY understand. sometimes i wish there was a drill sergeant standing behind me telling me to get my butt to work. but then that would probably stress me out. discipline—such a simple concept to understand, but difficult to put into action.

  3. Kristan says:

    Is that what you’re up to nowadays? You’ll have to send me links to your articles!

    And yes, discipline is the key. Unfortunately, if it’s not “self-inflicted”, I don’t think it’s truly going to be successful. At least not in the long-term. Le sigh.

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