July 15, 2009
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One thing I have learned as a writer, whether it is a book, article, web posting, blog or whatever it may be, is that writing in and of itself is an exploration of my mind. This is not to say that I am actively looking into my mind as I write, although that might be fun to do some time, but what I find is that almost always in retrospect I have learned something new.
Many people would think that I am a very methodical writer. I plan out what I want to write beforehand in most cases. I do this for several reasons:
1) I can easily keep the point that I start out with if I have already predetermined a structure;
2) The planning helps me to write faster because I already know what I am going to write about; and
3) Having the planned out or mapped out structure is one of the best defenses against writer’s block.
All that having been said, during the planning process I discover so much more about my subject when I am considering all the angles of the material. Then I also notice that during the writing process itself, while I am banging away at the keyboard, my mind wonders throughout the subject matter and sometimes even crosses the borders into other subjects. I normally finish my writing not only with a sense of accomplishment (for getting the words to paper) but also a small sense of enlightenment.
If you feel the same way whenever you do anything, whether it is writing a novel or pruning roses, then I say you are a lucky person.
July 7, 2008
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Me? A voracious reader?
Some call me that but the truth of the matter is I read when I am at home, which is not often due to my social life and business activities. But I have been working recently to become more efficient in my reading. Of course, I am read up on the latest in speed reading courses and I do use the principles outlined in these courses to help me get even more reading done than normal. But I think besides the amount of time available for reading I have a problem with the reading material itself.
For instance, I read for many reasons. One important reason is research for my writing projects. I also am a reviewer for BookPleasures.com so it is very important to get through this workload as well. And just as important is the reading that I do for my own pleasure. So damn! I have one hell of a stack of books next to my bed.
I suppose if you were to take them out and count them you’d find 25% of the books are for research, 25% for my own pleasure and 50% for review. But don’t get me wrong. I enjoy them all!
So I have been asking myself if there is a system I can create so that I can spend more time with the books I read for my own curiosity. If you know of one or if you think of one, let me know!