Thinking Through Your Fingers

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” – Isaac Asimov

Quite an interesting quote.

It’s usually easy to talk about new ideas and this is often helpful and sometimes crucial in the early, formative stages but I’ve often found that writing them down really helps to see how solid they are. Any gaps in reasoning (eg arising from the ‘we’ll sort that out later’ type of approach) become immediately and painfully apparent when you put pen to paper. Waffling on the page is so blindingly obvious!

At the same time, I’ve been surprised at how many people are quite reluctant to do this. My guess is that it’s partly because writing clearly and concisely is not a common skill and also because of the fear of the likely situation. Really, it should be viewed the opposite way round, an opportunity to appreciate and face up to problems a long time before they might appear and when they are easier (but still awkward) to handle.

A sort of low-key risk management, but far less formal.

On this general theme, see also here.


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