Write Little, Write A Lot, Just Don’t Write Nothing
Note: ChatGPT 4.0 Prompt to what were pretty bare bones notes: “Can you rewrite my entry to make it more provocative?” I’m not thrilled with posting this reasonably useless piece of writing, but I want to share it anyway.
Mildred’s entries in the final chapter of the book “Trust” by Hernan Diaz continue to occupy my attention more than 24 hours later.
Suddenly, then, she bursts forth with unapologetic honesty, spilling her deepest thoughts in breathtaking clarity. Then, just as quickly, she retreats back into the shadows of brevity:
Massage. Have to tell her to stop.
At times, I find myself shackled by the same self-imposed silence, only writing when I feel my words are sufficiently earth-shattering. The true secret is this, of course: write with reckless abandon. Pour your heart out in torrents or droplets, but never let silence prevail. Write anything, and when inspired, write more. Write little, write a lot, but never write nothing. That’s kind of the secret. Always write.
And so, that’s what I just did.