Tips for the Messy WriterWhen the Muse StrikesTips for the Messy Writer2 years ago in Writing More Like This
I don't know about you, but most of my ideas for writing come to me in the shower. There I'll be, rinsing the shampoo from my hair, and suddenly a line flits through my head - a line so beautiful, so perfectly balanced between the universal and the personal that if I do not capture it immediately my muse will torment me with silence the rest of the year. Generally this situation ends with me haphazardly wrapped in a towel, running down the hall past the rest of the household - who have now learned to politely look the other way - to the dry erase board on the refrigerator where I can scribble out the thought before it evaporates into the ether.
If this is a situation familiar to you, then you may be what I call a messy writer. Messy writers are those for whom organization is not always advantageous, or even possible. This short guide offers five rules I've discovered help keep me on track once I've started a writing task. I hope you'll find them h
5 Tips for Abbreviations and Symbols in NotetakingIf you've ever had a teacher who spoke too fast, or a boss who yelled out instructions faster than you can write them, then you know how frustrating it is to take note of what they're saying. The same goes for when you've had a great idea and you just need to write it down right that very moment before you forget it. The usual way people go about coping with it is to simply write fasterbut not only is this inefficient and possibly harmful to your hands and wrists, you usually end up writing something you can't read later on.5 Tips for Abbreviations and Symbols in Notetaking2 years ago in Writing More Like This
So what to do?
The answer is to simply to write less. That is, to abbreviate and substitute symbols so you won't have to write everything they're saying. And here's five tips for doing that when taking notes:
1. Ignore articles when the meaning doesn't suffer.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Quick brown fox jumps over lazy dog.
As long as you understand what you're referring to, you can safely take them out.
2. Shorten words by removing