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3 comments on: The Dangerous World of Meta-Writing

  1. ruzkin May 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Nice article, Anthony. I was interested at your response to Dave when he mentioned how commenting on blogs was also meta-writing. I don’t think you should have backed down! Blogging about writing is still meta-writing, and while discussing writing with others is always good, it should still only be a small slice of how we spend each day. If a writer spends half his time on relationships and outreach still 50% of his writing day wasted.

    • Anthony May 22, 2009 at 8:00 am

      Well there is thinking about writing in a serious way (meta), and then just shooting the shit with your buddies (yak yak yak). Sometimes the yaking is important!

      But I like to think of activities as coming in spurts. For example, I don’t like meetings. But at the start of a project, meetings are important. As the project clicks along, meetings are infrequent. I think of writing this way. There are times when I’ve finished 10,000 words in a day. The last thing I want to do in a spare moment after that is write another 10K. I want to recharge my batteries, so I go off and read blogs and comment.

  2. ruzkin May 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Man, I think that bashing out 10,000 words in one day and then doing some blogs pretty neatly satisfies the 90/10 split you should be aiming for between actual writing and yakyakyakking ūüôā

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