In this 2010 interview with Stephen Pressfield, Tim O’Brien talks about his writing process: how he comes up with ideas, how he works, how he develops his stories. When Pressfield asks how he overcomes self-resistance, O’Brien responds,
As Joseph Conrad wrote, or said, somewhere: “. . . the sitting down is all.” I take that to mean – even if Conrad didn’t – that creative resistance can only be overcome, or artfully evaded, by the repetitive act of making oneself present. A writer must be there – at work – and not at a bowling alley.
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