As writers, sometimes we feel like writing and sometimes we don’t. This passage in his book speaks to the frustration we all feel at times and the lengths to which we can go to avoid writing. I quote the following with permission from Raphael.
‘So I sit down to write. And no words come. I feel restless, surly, and frustrated. I ache for a distraction, and escape, and of course my superfast Internet connection is full of them. If I’m on my game, though, I recognize that ache as a temporary recurrence of contraction and use the 2.x 2 process to open back up and weather this actual storm just as I’ve weathered the previous imaginary one. Next, I just sit there for a while, peaceful and expanded, staring at the blank screen. Then, sometimes slowly, sometimes in a flurry, the words begin to come.’
Raphael Cushnir, The One Thing Holding You Back.
The 2 x 2 process