Story writers may not be able to find the path to enlightenment. Not knowing every writer in the world, I can’t be sure of this, of course, but I do know that I’m disinclined to ditch the baggage if it means leaving my characters on the side of the road. Where would art come from if not from the past and all that goes into making a writer into the loon that she is?
Not that we should romanticize the mental state of troubled, creative people. You can be creative and be sane, but being sane is not the same as being enlightened.
Anyway, I’ve finally been granted time to work on the rewrite, which is not the fastest way to sanity, and may be, in fact, like running in the opposite direction of where I need to be, but either way it’s a journey.