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Subject:Re: Staring into space From:Wally Glassett <wallyg1 -at- PACBELL -dot- NET> Date:Fri, 9 Apr 1999 16:54:55 -0700
Me, too. Or, as one of my physics professors once told the class, "You
should never put pencil to paper until you know the answer." Of course, that
was in the pre-historic days when almost all work was done with pencil and
paper - before MTSTs and WYLBUR, and that dates me!...
> What a great subject, Kevin!
> Yes, I too stare into space. Fortunately, I have a great manager
> who doesn't
> mind this as long as I meet the deadlines. She understands that different
> people work in different ways. I tend to do a combination of the
> two styles you
> talked about.
> I spend a good deal of the time at the beginning of a project
> designing the
> structure (outlines, visual maps, lists, whatever) while getting
> the basics of the
> software down. During this design stage, I do a good deal of
> staring into space.
> I have to think about the project and visualize it. (Heck, I even
> dream about the
> darn things, sometimes!) When the design is finished, I do some
> more futzing
> with the software and talking to the experts before writing a draft.
> Then comes some heavy-duty staring into space and maybe working on un-
> related stuff. The unrelated stuff gives me distance from the
> draft and allows me
> to edit that much better when I go back to it with my team's
> comments. This
> process repeats itself as many times as I have time for, depending on
> deadlines. The more times I go through the cycle (up to a point), the more
> layers and details I can add to the material. I usually need two
> cycles to have
> some good materials.
> I have not worked as a contractor, so I don't know how this may
> work differently
> in their situations. But, this technique works for me whether I'm
> writing papers
> for school or doing creative writing. I'd love to hear what works
> for others.
> Joy Prescott
> joyp -at- carecomputer -dot- com