FOR NEWBIES: WORKFLOW
(worth repeating) (FB 1546005070 Timestamp)
The way I work is by relating ideas across the spectrum in a series of shorter arguments – because I ‘whittle away’ at the stone so to speak, turning it to view it from different angles, working to gradually expose the figure (truth) below.
I try to produce operational definitions in series, and to describe behavior as supply and demand using those series of definitions.
Then I attempt to turn the fundamental insight into one or more aphorisms (summaries).
Then to create a narrative that explains the topic and its applications.
Then to weave these narratives together using the same constant language – this editing is what exhausts me and is why it takes me so long to produce a work.
I work from an outline of the complete scope of human thought.
I work through the outline from metaphysics to group competitive strategy.
Then I work with (many) sketches on FB. I move most of them to the web site.
Then I collect the best of them into what I call ‘short courses’ or collections of posts.
Then I take those ‘short courses’ and put them into the book.
Then edit it all into an explanation.
That’s my workflow.
It’s actually painfully methodical. It just doesn’t look like it to the casual observer, because most people are desirous of rushing to judgment whereas i tend to exhaust a topic completely (very) before adding it to the canon. Then refine the network of concepts added to the canon once there.