Paul Foreman encourages writers to avoid building walls where none exist, stifling creativity and creating unnecessary barriers.
Would-be hypertext readers and writers sometimes create barriers to protect themselves from the unfamiliar. People believe that they “can’t understand” hypertext, that they don’t like to read on the screen, that it’s all “too complicated.”
If we didn’t appreciate complicated works, neither Joyce nor Stravinsky would be considered masters. Why, then, put up barriers to creating the next amazing piece of literature simply because you haven’t grasped the gravity or impact of your own work?
Forman asks provocative questions:
- Could the difference between success and failure be as simple as a thought?
- What will you choose?
- What might you be capable of achieving if you never see walls?