“The very worst thing for an actor is to get caught acting, so the other trick is to know all of that intellectually, and then let it all go so it happens emotionally, naturally.”
– Wil Wheaton
Right. And the very worst thing for a writer is to get caught writing. …No, the worst thing is to get caught not writing. But it’s still a valid concept. Art isn’t showing off. It’s not, “Wow, look at this ornate paragraph. Watch me pull a rabbit out of a hat!”
I seriously need to remember this. Here’s a poem by William Stafford that teaches it well.