God yes. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect myself to stop censoring. And actually, I think the impulse to censor can be a useful compass. I try to tune my attention to my censorship urges. Because the thing I want to avoid is the thing I should be writing towards. With a balanced mixture of dread, responsibility, and mischief-making, I circle what I’d like to avoid – the tricky things. And then, I kind of coax my writing over towards those things. Sometimes I can’t go straight into them – there are too many thickets – but I like it when a play circles the drain, or zigzags towards that which we’d rather not discuss.
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