Writing process: Shadow side

Below I’ve listed a few ideas from the article “Hollywood Shadow?” by Dana Goodyear. The article about writing was published in the March 21, 2011 issue of the New Yorker.

  • Your shadow side is the source of creativity and flow. The shadow is your unpleasant and underdeveloped side. If you can understand your shadow, you can understand anyone’s; and your writing will touch on universal themes, making it more marketable and more personally gratifying. 
  •  Assert your shadow’s right to have something to say. 
  • Give your shadow the respect it deserves.
  • Procrastination is resistance against time.
  • Writing is a kind of death. 
  •  Accept the authority of process over external authority. 
  •  Don’t resist process.

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