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Why Starting is Hard [for Me]

by Ian on Dec.30, 2009, under Projects, Rants

I hate starting projects.

The first line of code typed, the first paragraph of an essay or a story authored, or the first scribble on a fresh sheet of paper starts defining the product; it destroys the superposition of the possible things the project may become. With each stroke of the key or pen, thousands upon thousands of outcomes are pruned away.

I am destroying infinite works that could have been to create just one. Is this one better than those which will never be? Does it deserve its existence more than its brothers do?

I hope so.

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  1. Chris

    However, you must remember, those infinite possibilities cannot exist without creation, you are not destroying the others, but choosing the one. Thus the one, if it could, would owe that much more to you, that it was not just a chosen one of creations, but that which was chosen for the creative act.

    Interesting, too… Can a creation deserve existence, and thus be said to deserve it more or less? Hmmm… That’s a thing to think about…

    But on a similar line (or, starting on a similar line):

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