The other day Ta-Nahisi Coates tweeted about no longer being able to journal online. By journaling, I think he meant working ideas out on the fly, writing to learn, writing out loud.  As a public intellectual, everything he writes is now seen as a definitive statement, a historical utterance. in such a situation, trial and error is seen as faulty reasoning; evolution of opinion becomes hypocrisy. When you are no longer anonymous, you can never write “nothing.”

But writing about nothing is exactly what is needed sometimes. It helps clear the mind.  Right now, I’m about to work on a short story in the brief period of time between meetings. I needed to focus. I love that few people will see this. I love that if I change my mind, no one will begrudge me for it.

We all have different freedoms; embrace yours while you have it.

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