Last week I read a sad and inspiring piece by Virginia Valian on Learning to Work, and it, as many others, brought out the need for regularity about the habits that one has not acquired yet.
Both reading and writing do not come yet as a habit, but more of a binge activity. At the very least the binging happens regularly enough to feel the progress, but not as systematically as the uncertainty uncomfortable part of me would have liked. Still, I am slowly getting through thoughts and ideas, weaving them in something in my head, and somehow still tiptoeing around the same questions. Explaining what I want to do is even more painful due my struggle with cutting off the unnecessary detail, or even figuring out which details are unnecessary.
And then, when it comes to expression, where is the fine like between precise expression and oversimplifying, or even making blatant claims? The advice from Barry Welman, (who happens to be the author of the latest book I have read) taken from one of the paragraphs right here:
Avoid beginning with “This paper reports that sex leads to happiness.” Get right to the point: “Sex leads to happiness. The more, the better. The 1,000 men and women we interviewed overwhelmingly agree.
I would like to do that, to build an argument, clean and linear, elegant. The backstage work however is messy and the result is nowhere close to what it should be.