I’m going to try and write a bit more, blatantly stealing the idea from David MacIver’s Notebook. The main idea is just to have a blog – or in my case, a section of my blog – dedicated to low-effort just-get-something-out writing.

After all, quantity frequently beats quality in terms of building skill:

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot - albeit a perfect one - to get an “A”.

Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work - and learning from their mistakes - the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

Almost certainly apocryphal, but I think the maxim is correct in some cases.

All these posts will be tagged with ‘notebook’ to distinguish them from my (non-existent) main blog output.

I’m also maybe going to try another of David’s writing tips, which is to take random prompts from a book, but we’ll see how that goes.