To talk or not — that is the question

 “I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension,” Norman Mailer once said.

 For writers who write to express themselves, talking about a particular topic may make writing about it unnecessary. On the other hand, I’ve been known to test a piece of my humor writing on unsuspecting friends just to see if they laugh. 

What do you think – that you should either write about it or talk about it? Or maybe your opinion is somewhere in between.

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