“The effort [of writing] is too much to make if one has already squandered one’s energies on semi-creative work such as teaching, broadcasting or composing propaganda for bodies such as the British Council”
George Orwell

according to Wikipedia.

Recently, I’m spending chunks of time more-or-less teaching; in the past, I’ve done lots of broadcasting, and I continue to do the web equivalent; on Wednesday I’m working for the British Council.


It’s a relief to know I’m in good company in finding such endeavours detrimental to my general creativity. The concept of ‘semi-creative’ work, meanwhile, is one I shall shamelessly appropriate.