So the other day I bleeted about how I like to write to help me collect my thoughts and how that feels like a dialogue through the page.
Somewhat ironically, you might think, I hadn't intended that action to be more than jotting down the realisation I'd just had. But, of course, as soon as it was out there I began to challenge it, and by proxy myself.
Here's a sample:
- "When I need to think through an issue, I write." Really? Always?
- Does getting the ideas down free mental resource for inspection of the ideas?
- Does making it concrete mean that it's easier to spot inconsistency? I know people who are adept at maintaining multiple views of a thing. When a different angle of attack is used a different kind of defence is made. The defences are not compatible, but because they are never seen together, this can be overlooked.
- Why didn't I talk about pictures? I draw a lot too.
- I recalled that James Lyndsay mentioned the other day that he makes a point of writing down his hypotheses during exploratory testing. If he fails to do that he feels he does a worse job.
- What about giving some examples - could I make a draft, list the challenges, show the new draft and repeat?
- I just read a great piece on George Carlin where he says "So I’m drawn to something and start writing about it ... and that’s when the real ideas pounce out, and new ideas, and new thoughts and images, and then bing, ba-bam ba-boom, that’s the creative part."
- Haven't I been in this area before?
And so I write and right until my thought is wrought.