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May 16, 2005

9 essays from Sept-Dec 2004 uploaded

Today I uploaded nine documents that I wrote during the period of Sept. 2004 through Dec. 2004.

The blog has looked dead -- but I've been busy writing. I just haven't been good about posting the results.

One of the reasons for this is that it's taken me a while to get comfortable with a new philosophy of writing. Despite my original vision for this blog, which emphasized putting up rough drafts, I've struggled against a perfectionistic streak that doesn't want to share unpolished work with the world. Here are a few thoughts that are helping me combat that streak now:

  1. quality will be the by-product of quantity
  2. don't mix generating text with editing it
  3. for every ten essays I write, probably only one will be worth editing
  4. it's OK to be a beginner -- to let my true level show
  5. it's legitimate to write "explorations", wherein I simply try to sort out my own thoughts
  6. it's easier to respond to a prompt, than to create out of thin air

At present I have 12 new YL documents written during 2005 yet to be uploaded. I hope to get them up soon. Once they're up, I have more than a hundred YL essays dating back to 1991 that I'd like to get online...


Posted by Sven at May 16, 2005 08:58 PM