2008年12月30日火曜日

How I write articles

Blogger's article management is kinda nifty in letting me create a bunch of drafts. What I'll do is whenever I'm doing something if I get an idea of a stray thought that I think would be something I could expand upon, I'll create a draft. Then I'll put in whatever I was thinking or what I think I should write the article about in it. Usually I'll let it sit, and a while later, maybe a few days later or an hour later, I'll have another thought about it or run into something that sparks a muse.

For example, I have another article I started on Japanese monolingual dictionaries. Something gave me an idea to write about monolingual dictionaries, so I opened a new article and wrote:

Daijirin is awesome. Sanseido sucks.

It's practically nothing, but it that was what sparked the thought process. Later, I had looked up a word in a monolingual dictionary and saw it listed a couple synonyms as the definitions. This led me to append to the draft:

Daijirin is awesome. Sanseido sucks. There are no synonyms.

This led me to think about why I think the one dictionary is bad:

Sanseido generally gives one word definitions. If a learner sticks exclusively to this type of one word definitions, it will lead them to thinking many words are the exact same, which is not true. There are different words because they are different.

I decided to leave it at that for now. But later I might look at it again and feel compelled to write more.

I don't actually finish articles this way, just start them. When I do want to write an article, I'll open up my articles and look through the drafts. When I find one that I think is ready to be written that I have enough ideas to write a whole article, then I'll sit down and write the whole thing. I've found that it's best to write the entire article in one sitting straight through without bothering to make it perfect. This is because perfectionism generally paralyzes me to where I can't write anything.

When I've written everything I wanted to write about, then I'll proofread it, move sections around, etc. It's after I've written the article that I'll make it nice and neat. It's better to have a crappy article you can fix than no article at all, after all.

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