When you’re writing to learn, very short posts are fine

When I draft a post for this journal, I often write several good paragraphs and then run into a lot of questions. I start to think about how I can make my writing more understandable. An hour or two later, I’m out of steam, and it’s time to move on with my day.

Why? This is a study journal. I’m mostly writing for myself, and, on occasion, a small audience of high-context peers.

The journal format is partly about getting thoughts out of my head” so that they are easier to interrogate. It’s also about providing a partial record of thoughts I’d like to reconnect with later.

I’m going to try going hard on this style for a few weeks.

I’ll write the journal I want to have.


September 9, 2023