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Writer's block

On Fri, Mar 04, 2005 at 08:52:18AM -0500, markw at wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 04, 2005 at 08:AM -0500, jkinz at wrote:
> > In both cases, I find that that writing an outline (quick notes on what
> > is supposed to happen, in sequence) helps.
> Got the notes.
> For me, I guess, usually, it is the back of my brain saying "you're
> thinking about this wrong and I won't help you do it." The back of my
> brain, of course, refuses to be helpful in anyway, like suggesting an
> alternative approach with which it will agree to work, no, that would be
> helpful.

Are your notes in sequential stepwise order, or are they an unordered
list of requirements?  If they are an unordered reqs. list, try to
describe, in English, how you would meet the requirement... that may
break something loose mentally. (crash.. tinkle tinkle -- oops... )

The English description may clarify an algorithmic approach that make
meets your subconscious requirements.

A little more info about what you are trying to build would probably
help folks on the list come up with good suggestions about
alternative approaches that might agree with your subconscious.

> Like this, I know this is yet another distraction that is far more
> enjoyable that actually thinking about the software that I need to write
> and which will be late by the end of the day.
> What did Douglas Adams say? "I love deadlines, the sound they make as the
> whoose by." or something like that.


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Idealism:  "Realism applied over a longer time period"
Jeff Kinz, Emergent Research, Hudson, MA.

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