📝女文青談寫📝來檢討吾的寫作習慣

現在的工作,工時不定,想達成以寫作為生的目標,得有一套時間運用的規範。在此之前需要好好檢討一下吾從寫的一切。

寫作主題:

  • 紀錄和反思生活的種種現象
  • 研究如何提升生活質素

磨練地方:

  1. 文筆 (中:詞語,句法。英:詞語) by 讀優質文章
  2. 寫作速度 by 多寫,拿感覺
  3. 執行力 (無時無刻都有點子,但缺乏把點子組織成文的時間表)

時間善用:

  • block hours: 週三六日晚
  • 在公司(空閒時)把紙本筆記數位化
  • 在家裡修改初稿
  • 在街外則閱讀
  • 與其在車上滑手機或睡前滑pad,不如重讀筆記、再次思考、補充內容、潤飾文句

 📝女文青談寫📝懶於重寫 I Like Writing But Hate Editing

電腦裡盡是些疏疏落落的短句。

以”random thoughts”為名的.page或.doc文件,不知有多少個了。

常為自己的點子沒有落腳地而內疚,心裡的小聲音不時提醒:只要把思想的碎片拾起來,便能成為一幅拼畫,或藏寶圖之類的。

明知這些文字可能是好東西的雛型,卻毫無動力從中建構甚麼。

潛龍勿用的狀態到底尚要維持多久?

修道那年,拋掉了小學至大學的日記本,立心建立全新的吾,一個不感情用事的吾,一個不要事無大小也寫一番感言的吾。

事隔一年,今天的吾(此初稿寫於2012年9月8日),for whatever reason(一言難盡),再次記下每個閃過大腦的靈光,但一如以往,懶於把文字整理成文章,任由它們散亂地埋於書頁之間或口袋一角。

有很多很多值得發表的文字,卻懶得黏貼和潤飾它們。

空有想法是沒用的,一定要有組織力,才可成為作者。

讀者「從故事看到道理」,作者「由道理建立故事」,前者需要理解力,後者需要組織力。一位作者缺少這樣的功夫,只能算是記錄者而不是作家。

文章不是a collage of words這麼簡單的。以文章的形式傳達的內容是線性的,要逐個字unfold,讀者得慢慢嘴嚼。

(Side note: 以圖像的形式傳遞的內容是放射性的,一幅畫先接受哪個訊息是因人而異的。更複雜的是電影,有劇本和畫面兩部份,既受一秒24格的畫面限制,但亦有foreground和background兩個地盤供創作者於單純的敘事其間加插不同暗示。)

每個人都有他們喜歡的,並且希望做得更好的事。我很羨慕寫作能手,懂得把各式各樣的點子好好放置。

I feel helpless at times, because I don’t know how to organize my ideas.

意念是無盡的,空間卻是有限的,如何才能將它們整頓?這是個問題。

But nobody taught me how to stitch my final year essay, right? Yet I managed to read 20+ books plus 50+ websites and combine all the random information with my own ideas into one long essay.

“Why don’t I treat my own random thoughts as the bibliography written by various authors?”

The day I asked this question, I started digitalizing my random notes on paper and categorising them and arranging them. I still dreaded editing, but all the preparation work before really crossing out words and rewriting them makes it appear easier.

 📝女文青談寫📝四種寫作工具的優勢和劣勢 The Pros and Cons of 4 Writing platforms

1. 學校原稿紙
pros: 一字一格,進度清晰可見,能提升成功感。
cons: 缺少修改的空位,不利編輯。

2. 白紙
pro: 科學證實能激發創意。
con: 不知道自己寫了多少個字,不建議爬格子的寫手使用。

3. 手機notepad
pro: 去到哪寫到哪、版面整潔、易於修改。
con: 多用眼睛會累。

4. 電腦
pro: 版面整潔、易於修改、方便搜尋資料。
con: 多用眼睛會累、一天甚少時間能坐於桌前、容易分心(瀏覽其他網站)。

 📝女文青談寫📝奉行「片段寫作」Write — Whenever, Wherever!

夜裡靈感來襲,為了抓住好點子,零願離開被窩,打開燈拿起筆。

以為寫完可以睡了?幾十秒之後又來一個突襲。如是者,起來又躺下,躺下又起來,直到上天想籍我的口說的話差不多了。

為甚麼總在睡前文思如泉?放過我吧!

其實我知道是甚麼原因。因為做夢前後腦波較弱,潛意識比較活躍。

我必須接受一點::my writing does not start at the desk, but it starts when I am in bed, in the loo, on the training. When I am at the desk, I am not exactly writing, I am already editing. In order to catch all the ideas that come to me all of a sudden, I must bring a notebook with me all the time.

I remember my friend Eugene jokingly commented on Sabrina’s wall that she could have completed her honours project if she had written an equal amount of words on her word document as on her Facebook status updates.

Well it is no joke indeed. In Japan, there is a young lady who got her daily mail posts collaborated and published in the form of a novel.

Lately, I have been pondering upon the possibility of writing a novel, or at least a chapter or two on my phone, if I can easily recap my fights with my boyfriend on instant messages to my friends despite how complicated my personal stories are.

It’s not about the writing platform, but how badly we want to express something.

Let’s just write, whenever and wherever we feel like it.

📌Get Things Done📌(4) Manipulate Your Subconsciousness

對成功學很熱衷的那段期間,甚麼有關增加效率的書,不論audio或paperback也借來聽買來讀。

雖然領受不少畢生受用的自我管理竅門,但回想有些理論實在不敢恭維。

最不靠譜的是跟從一個甚麼人體時間表去活動,在現今事務繁忙資訊爆炸的時代是不可取的,因為ad hoc的私事與公事實在太多。

再說,有意識地改變行為,需要動用意志力,而意志力是有限的,會被消耗掉,最終輸給潛意識。

內心的欲望模糊的話,是難以靠紀律實行時間規劃。

中國古人云:「法在淺中求」其實,只要鎖定一個目標,時刻想著它,your subconscious will take care of itself.

If you have a clear goal and you want it badly enough, your behaviours will act accordingly and rearrange your priorities likewise.

When we reach out for that bar of chocolate, it’s because we subconsciously associate chocolate with happiness. It takes so much discipline (will power) for someone who wants to fit in a bikini to say no to the chocolate bar.

But if we remove such an association, and tell our subconscious mind that looking hot will bring more happiness than having a sugar rush, we won’t even have to fight the thought of the sweetness because it’s not what you want.

Instead of taming the monkey-like mind of yours to follow your ideal way of living, how about letting your subconsciousness do it on an auto mode for you?

Gather some pictures of your ideal self and put it somewhere you look at every day. (And I know you know it, yes, it’s a vision board. You heard of it a million times, but have you ever made one? Was it within your sight?)

Besides feeding your subconscious mind with visual inputs, give it some audio stimulation. Play interviews of your idols while you are getting ready in the morning or in the subway. If you want to move into a better apartment, invest a small perfume diffuser so that you are reminded the atmosphere of a luxurious room. Just be creative with how you want to be then your subconscious mind will do what you have to do.

I guess this is the logic behind Jim Rohn’s saying, “Motivation is what gets your started, habit is what keeps you going.” All those time management seminars and the timetables you make are for the mind to get motivated. But it’s the hidden messages you give your subconsciousness (e.g. What do I aspire to be? How badly do I aspire to become this person? Am I capable of achieving my dream?) that determines whether you will ignore the promises you’ve made and just watch another episode of popular dramas or you will kick your ass to get up and get things done.

Being mindful is a beautiful thing and is certainly the key to success. Anyone who is a someone has excellent self discipline. But for those who haven’t developed a strong mind just yet, manipulating the subconsciousness is an easy way out. (And I think the protagonist in the movie Inception adopts this trick.)

📌Get Things Done📌(2) Surround Yourself With Positive Influence

It is undeniable we get influenced by people around us. Take my experience as an example. It typically takes me an hour to have a shower, get changed and do my makeup and hair after my yoga class. But I once completed the whole stream of actions in only 30 minutes, thanked to the other shifty ladies who hurried to get back to their offices by the end of lunch time. I am sure you can easily recall an experience similar to mine.

I knew the power of “the otherness”, and I took advantage of it by enrolling yoga classes. Yes it is much cheaper to buy a yoga mat, play a free online tutorial video and practice at home but it is much more likely that I will get myself exercising when I am in the same class with active yoga members who make more effort than I do.

Apart from the students, I also learn from the yoga teachers. 雖然深知導師們在教室外,不可能時時保持課堂上可親的姿態,但他們那維持短短一小時的溫柔語調,是讓吾心靈恢復彈性所必需的救贖,以及對「實現更理想的自己」的提示。

如果身邊暫時沒有比你優秀,或你所嚮往成為的人物,就去讀書,然後將佳句抄寫在本子上,隨時翻閱,這也在實行surrounding yourself with positive influence。

📌Get Things Done📌(1) Set Standard Rules



Facing so many temptations in digital and so many other forms, a person like you and I who wants to get big projects done must learn to eliminate distractions.

I know very well that there is no one I can rely on but myself to shut those noises so that I can stay focus.

The cruel reality is, the last thing the media wants is us staying focus, and they do it with so much effort, trying to lead us to an endless road of visual and audio stimulus that will eventually use up our energy tank.

在人民日報的微博看到一個名為「七天成長計劃」:每天一款任務,七天一個循環。

我相信能照著做的人,他日必定擁有過人的成就。但人生實在有太多變數了,又不是生活在軍營,總有別人來打擾,總有urgent though not important的事要處理。

而且,這種規定也太機械式,太妄顧心情了,執行起來有難度。(雖說成功的人大多不會讓情緒打擾生活。)

再說,一次過定七個目標,太耗意志力了,國外談論goal setting的self help書都反對這樣做,認為chasing two rabbits leaves you catching no rabbit (追兩隻兔的人一隻兔也抓不到)。

與其規定星期一學一道菜,星期二去跑步甚麼的,吾認為有志者不如保持一些生活定律,來協助一整天保持魄力吧。

Rely on no one. Be your very own coach with your very own SELF-DISCIPLINE. Here I want to share with you some rules I have been adopting that help me move towards my ultimate goals.

1 No phone while walking and unplug after midnight.

2 Charge my phone in the morning and don’t recharge unless there is an emergency case, so that the battery of the phone serves as an indicator of my own energy level during that day, reminding myself not to overwork.

3 Don’t use the computer after shower and/or before night time skin care, because the keyboard and mouse are dirtier than the toilet seat.

4 Go to bed before midnight.

5 Have family dinner at least once a week.

6 Have at least one homemade meal throughout the day.

7 Swallow before having another mouthful of food.

8 Limit to one magazine every month.

9 Go to the yoga centre at least 3 times a week.

10 Go to the library at least once a month.

11 Sit with legs close together.

12 Notify my students before my arrival.

13 Digitalise the current journal before starting a new one.