terça-feira, março 21, 2017

Feckless Writing: "5000 Words Per Hour - Write Faster, Write Smarter" by Chris Fox

I spend “a lot” of staring-off-into-space time doing stargazing...and find it leads not only to better scenes in my reviews, but to literature work that really hangs together. I used to write 1-3,000 words a week in my reviews...but then I felt I spent my life editing. Now, I become very suspicious of myself once I go over 1,000 words at a sitting, but that's just me. I support my writing habit by doing these posts...a process that has made me more careful than most people with 1st drafts...I've become pretty clear about what I definitely “don't” want in my posts. And yes, that slows me down. It just doesn't slow me down as much as having to decide at some later date to junk 50 or 100 words here or there. But, starting out, I too encourage people to write & write & write. Well, “marinated scenes” are indeed an important key no matter what.

This post on the 5-WPH-book that you’re reading right now made me try writing while walking. I’m still not ready to invest in Dragon yet, so I just used Google Voice to dictate an email to myself on my phone, then copied and pasted into Scrivener when I got home. I walked and talked for 10 minutes, then went in the house and set the timer to edit for another 15. I didn’t stop when my timer went off, but finished the section I was working on. It’s still a rough draft for sure, but I got 1075 words out of about 40 minutes of book reviewing writing – way faster than anything I’ve done up to this point, and I definitely hit that sense of flow. Yeah, word counts over 4K are only possible with dictation, and that’s entirely out of the question for me as I’m never alone when I write. 3.5K are well within reach for a good typist. I could do that, but only if I took dictation. My top speed for drafting a bunch of posts right now is 1.6K. I’d be ecstatic if I reached an average of 2K.

When I type, I automatically correct, even though I know it's not a good idea since it disrupts my thoughts. When, however, I write longhand in my online journal I don't stop to correct anything. Any mistakes there, are mostly due to the incongruities between my native language and the learned ones (English and German).

Because of this book, I got to talking with a guy about self-help books. I got the feeling that with a "Self-Help" Book, guys feel emasculated because the idea is that they want to appear to everyone, including themselves, as all together and in control. To have a "Self-Help" book takes away the stoic nature of the male and puts a kink in the dominant nature of the guy. Since girls tend to self-reflect, something that has evolved over time to match their ability to attract (they naturally will preen and try to make themselves better), it doesn't affect them to use a "self-help" book. With a guy who internalizes problems, it is harder to do. Guys, by nature, something that has evolved over generations, are more likely to ignore issues because they must appear strong and in control to play a more dominant role in society. I think it is stupid on the guy’s part though. I asked a she-friend of mine what she thought about it. If a girl wants to suggest a self-help book to her boyfriend, the best way to do it is to offer it subtlety as a gift to better each other and to cooperatively go through it. Not to shove it in the guy’s face, because he will "lose face" and reject the offer…

I always thought a self-help represented a weakness in one's foundation, physical or emotional. To me, understanding and change should come from within or in response to your experiences, not from others; if you require supplementation from someone else then you are admitting weakness. What's to say of someone that can read a simple book or have a simple conversation and have their perceptions changed to any worthwhile degree? A wise/experienced man will take someone else advice, and think it over before coming to the conclusion that it is feckless or useless. A person with a good foundation has such a strong foundation that they can admit weakness and overcome it, and not allow it to eventually overcome him/her.

In other words: Why commit a crime, to experience the pain and suffering so that you can gain "strength" in experience, when you can take someone's advice or writing that says the same thing?

2 comentários:

Book Stooge disse...

I think that a lot of self-help books are trying to create problems just so they can fix them. And that is why I don't use them. If something is serious enough in my life that I actually need help, I'll see a professional counselor. Just like I'm not a handyman. I don't watch youtube videos explaining how to do 'Chore X' around the house. If I can figure it out, I do it. If I can't, I'll save my pennies and hire someone who already knows what they're doing.

Not that I HAVE any problems, mind you :-)

Manuel Antão disse...

lol. I'm also not a handyman. My wife keeps on complaining...Today morning she begged me to hoe the soil in the garden to plant some fruit trees. It took me close to an hour...