Writing or doing… move fast first

Even if you write something of poor quality but do it quickly, you’re already getting somewhere. Reflecting on writing is fine sometimes, but it doesn’t actually bring you any closer to completing a work, whereas having a draft, even if it’s bad, gives you material to hone.

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s surprising secret for curing writer’s block

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A class I want to attend – on writing, editing, pruning, shining.

…A writing course. Every assignment would be delivered in five versions: A three page version, a one page version, a three paragraph version, a one paragraph version, and a one sentence version.

I don’t care about the topic. I care about the editing. I care about the constant refinement and compression.

—Jason Fried, in ‘The writing class I’d like to teach

Each step requires asking “What’s really important?” That’s the most important question you can ask yourself about anything. The class would really be about answering that very question at each step of the way. Whittling it all down until all that’s left is the point.

Speed. In product development, and writing.

Last week I was reminded of what might be the most important reason to go fast: Going fast prevents you from second-guessing. Speed keeps you authentic. If you’ve got a weird, opinionated, crazy, possibly-stupid-possibly-great plan, and you take a long time to think it through, revise it, and make it perfect, you water down and wash out the goodness.

Go fast to stay authentic – Jake Knapp – Medium

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Kottke on Dean Allen, writing, and friendship

A writer whose prose could make your soul ache who stopped writing, because, it didn’t matter.

Kottke, writing about Dean Allen

… you could think of him as like an old-fashioned: sweet, bitter and strong, who left you intoxicated because of his friendship