Creative Blocks as Narcissism's Veil
The Illusion of Self with undue self-indulgence
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I first came up with the theme of my book in January 2022. I had my first serendipitous call with a publisher towards the end-July. I got the publishing contract in September, and the first draft of the book was ready by mid-December. In less than a year, I had gone from idea to execution, and completed a process that often takes people years.
At that time, I thought that my book would be out by the Summer of 2023. I didn’t account for creative blocks and the difficulties of editing.
Ernest Hemingway had famously said, one should ‘write drunk, edit sober’. In my experience the book contract did give a certain high that made the writing process a very smooth sailing. The editing took me to more testing waters.
Now that I’m almost closing my final edits as well, I have been thinking about the relationship between creative blocks and narcism. For the last month, I have been averaging about 5000 words of writing a day. I’ll probably not be able to sustain this for too long, but understanding narcism in creation with the help of pop-culture references helped me augment my writings.
Here’s a small summary for you -