Links: 11-26-2012

  • Bezos’s Insistence on Full Narrative Prose
    Quote: "One of my favorite Joan Didion quotes is “I don’t know what I think until I try to write it down.” Writing is thinking. A lot of busy people say they wish they had more time to “think” — to be proactively thoughtful rather than reactive. But “thought time” is a hard thing to actually schedule, let alone measure. Writing, on the other hand, is something you can schedule to do and then evaluate and measure the output (e.g. 700 words a day or a blog post a week). When someone tells me they don’t do much writing anymore, I sometimes wonder, When do you think deep-ish thoughts? And how do you ever know how coherent your thoughts actually are?" Super interesting in light of the stuff that I just read about Winston Churchill, who was a prolific writer who, maybe not coincidentally, was also a deep thinker with a lot of focus. Makes you wonder which leads to which.
    (categories: focus priorities thinking writing amazon )

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