The Value of Inefficiency

“Writing is an act that refuses to be efficient. This is the strength of writing, not its liability. We make new connections and learn what we want to say, even make new discoveries, in the act of writing itself…. The ‘inefficiency’ of writing is that these acts of cognitive discovery… can make the act itself halting and non-linear…. it can be maddeningly impossible to predict the time we need to complete a particular writing task. Some days the discoveries and words roll out, and on other days they must be wrenched forth.

“Waiting until you know precisely what it is you want to say to begin writing is low-productivity, low-discovery writing strategy. You must write in order to learn what it is you want to say, no matter how sure of yourself you are when you begin….”

Nate Kreuter, “Writing to Not Print”


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