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I have wondered about this lately - this balance. For a while there, I thought I would stop to write down a thought even if it meant causing an automobile accident. But lately, just like you've suggested here, I'm thinking I should just live it and write it later - hoping I've salvaged enough mental snap shots for a good accounting of it. If it's salient enough, it will stick out until later, right?
Yes, right! and perhaps if you over-analyse something at an important early phase in its development--an idea, a relationship--it will abort its natural development. An odd idea for a writer, this, but I'm afraid that whatever forces may be working their influence on my life will be offended by the vulgarity of my telling on them, and withdraw their support.
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