In his Monday Morning Memo for December 11, 2017, Roy H. Williams said that some people’s creative efforts were stifled because “every time they’ve done it in the past, a prune-faced martinet weaned on a pickle rapped them on the knuckles with a ruler, rolled his eyes and said, ‘You’re not doing it right.'”
Here are some things you believe:
- Your conscious brain makes decisions
- Those decisions are based on reason
- Emotions prevent good decision-making
- Your unconscious manages systems (breathing, circulation, digestion) but stays in the background, except maybe when you’re dreaming
- Memory is the act of accessing recordings of sights and sounds stored in your brain
- Memories are accurate, because they’re recordings
- While things can be forgotten, you can’t remember things that never happened
- Memory is a purely mental function, happening only in your brain
- If you don’t remember something it doesn’t affect you
- Willpower is how things get done
Guess how many of those are true?
Did you guess zero?
Continue reading “You’re Not Doing it Right”
“That” vs. “which.”
Punctuation inside or outside the quotes or parentheses?
One space or two after a period?
Rules regarding writing are nearly infinite. The Chicago Manual of Style outweighs my youngest child (and, perhaps, my first car.)
Rules are important.
Except when they’re not.
And that’s why principles trump rules.
If you are writing a technical manual, legislation, or medical procedures, you should adhere strictly to the rules.
If you’re writing for your own fans, your chosen audience, it’s far more important to consistently follow a set of principles. Continue reading “Forget Rules, Follow Principles”
Unprecedented tolerance. Personal freedoms. No idea left behind. DIY.
Everybody’s opinion is equal, and opinions are more important than facts.
I have seen people who can’t spell or punctuate properly, in the comments on Amazon, dismiss the writings of brilliant minds like Daniel Kahneman simply because they haven’t bothered to find out who he is and they happen to disagree with him.
It is popular to pretend that all ideas are equal. All roads lead to Rome. Every method has merits, and everyone should find their own path.
Tolerance is great. But there is still, often enough, a “best way” to accomplish something.
Continue reading “Right and Wrong and Tolerance and Best”