I had to write a short summary paper for one of my classes this week, and I ended up making it way harder than it needed to be. It only needed to be two pages long, but I ended up losing a lot of sleep and not even covering everything I was supposed to in the paper.

Thankfully, it’s over with now. I don’t know why that seems to happen regardless of whether the hardest thing I have to write is a huge research project or a one-page paper. Writing a paper is messy, like finger-painting or sculpting with clay or something. You never reach a point at which there’s no more you could do. Math or programming is more like building with Lego blocks– you remain distinct from the pieces, and you are done when all the pieces are gone.