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« on: January 10, 2023, 05:55:55 am »

I notice that there are a lot of people in this forum that are able to make really long and wordy replies to basic questions in a short amount of time, for me it would take about an hour to make a 2 minute read when someone else could do the same in a quarter of the time.

I mean, do you know how much sleep I am losing from trying to make topics in the middle of the night? I enjoy making these but I don't feel the amount of time I spend writing these is really worth it. Could you give me some pointers? Thanks.

As of currently I spent about 30 minutes writing this. (estimate)
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2023, 02:34:03 pm »

I honestly just put down a stream of consciousness, kind of as if I was talking to someone in real life verbally.

Things I want to say just come into my mind as I type, and then I literally talk to myself as I am typing as if I was having an actual verbal conversation on this thread to get the phrasing right in real time. Typing takes just a bit longer than talking for me, because I am doing the same thing, just with my hands instead of my mouth.

I feel like short form social media has kind of destroyed our ability to express ourselves socially with words. It's all short, poignant opinions and one liners nowadays.

My only advice is: try to write with the same mental muscles that you're also holding a conversation with in real life.
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2023, 03:40:49 pm »

Part of it is being able to get into a comfortable state for writing. I have written a lot of material over a long period of time, but I still have those moments where I might rewrite something simple hundreds of times until it sounds "ok" to me.

I also find that having a desire to share something that has been useful to me is always a strong motivator. If I can get through shorter replies, then I know that longer ones are possible too as they are simply more ideas chained together.
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2023, 05:37:54 pm »

I think that's just because I'm an emotional and argumentative person. I'm also very talkative IRL. The kind of talkative that waves their hands around and speaks so fast half the audience can understand a thing. And then if I'm passionate about something I can also start yelling without noticing it. Some people perceive that as an attack, so I'm glad posts can't be heard.

In writing, that all translates into walls of text. I'm not exactly thinking what to say, it's like /home/user/ put it, a stream of consciousness. And that consciousness sometimes goes faster than I type and then adds thing on top of that, so I'm addind and adding and adding and suddenly whoops, that's a huge damn post.

To be fair these posts also sometimes take like an hour to write, but that's not 'cause I'm writing it slow, that's 'cause I'm writing a lot of stuff non-stop ahah.

Now, a mystery for me is people who write short messages precisely on point. Ask me to shorten some rant of mine to a hundred words and I'll spend hours sweating and suffering 'cause how can I throw something out when it all evidently helps to make my point clearer?  :P

(I've also been writing stories and things like that, quality nonwithstanding, ever since I learned to write at all, so that probably also plays a role).
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2023, 07:58:26 pm »

If you have dyslexia or dyspraxia (I have both  ;D) or other similar learning difficulties - then I'd say this is actually quite normal. Im the sorta person who will spend 5 minutes on every text message and then the person Im talking to will reply in 30 seconds  :^P

Some people write very quickly and coherently, others do not! I need to revise and review my messages quite a few times before they make sense, and just turning thoughts into words takes a lot of extra effort. That said it has gotten better with practice as Iv gotten older, but its been a slow process  :-\

Regardless though, these are a few tips I use that could help:
  • Something you can try is using a text-speech program to read your first draft back to you; I find that really helps me to know if my writing makes sense or not.
  • On the flip side, a dictation app can be really helpful - you can speak your first draft, and then edit it as text.
  • Avoid distractions like music when your writing, that just makes everything harder. (says while listening to the Inception soundtrack)
  • Don't worry about making you text good on the first draft, write as fast as you can and then go back and make lots of edits and smaller rewrites
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2023, 05:03:42 am »

I think that's just because I'm an emotional and argumentative person. I'm also very talkative IRL. The kind of talkative that waves their hands around and speaks so fast half the audience can understand a thing. And then if I'm passionate about something I can also start yelling without noticing it. Some people perceive that as an attack, so I'm glad posts can't be heard.

In writing, that all translates into walls of text. I'm not exactly thinking what to say, it's like /home/user/ put it, a stream of consciousness. And that consciousness sometimes goes faster than I type and then adds thing on top of that, so I'm addind and adding and adding and suddenly whoops, that's a huge damn post.


Oh, this is all very relatable.

Do you also have that thing where your thoughts are faster than your hands so you stop writing in the middle of a sentence, start a new sentence, and then move back to finish the first sentence later?
Or worse, doing that non-stop and recursively, so that if you stopped me in the middle of writing an e-mail, it would kind of look like a bunch of aborted sentences because I haven't "filled them all in" yet? :-\
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2023, 11:55:53 am »

Do you also have that thing where your thoughts are faster than your hands so you stop writing in the middle of a sentence, start a new sentence, and then move back to finish the first sentence later?

Sometimes I do! But more often than not it's more of a "Something distracted me mid-sentence and when I came back to writing I forgot I didn't finish it-- oh heck what's an unfinished half of a sentence doing in the middle of an e-mail I've almost just sent???"

I also sometimes just straight up accidentally skip words in a sentence (just did it with the word "more" in the second sentence above) because at times thinking it does not always equal writing it I guess? Like my hands are behind my thoughts and they just go "y'know what, we'll just skip over this word to catch up with the brain" or something.

That all leads to me re-reading my texts before sending for an almost equal amount of time as it took writing them, 'cause I know something's gonna be messed up  :P
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2023, 01:45:29 am »

I have a habit of writing long posts and replies but it's honestly something I try to avoid. I'm really long-winded and an over-sharer by nature, and I subconsciously try to anticipate how other people will reply and cover what they might say or ask ahead of time.

In a forum setting, I find it results in people ignoring half of what you write or skipping past your post completely because it's tl;dr.

I think being succinct is way better. If you can make your point in ten words, why write 1000?
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2023, 05:56:29 am »

I have a habit of writing long posts and replies but it's honestly something I try to avoid. I'm really long-winded and an over-sharer by nature, and I subconsciously try to anticipate how other people will reply and cover what they might say or ask ahead of time.

In a forum setting, I find it results in people ignoring half of what you write or skipping past your post completely because it's tl;dr.

I think being succinct is way better. If you can make your point in ten words, why write 1000?

You actually make a really good point, I am definitely asking the wrong question, sorry about that.

How about writing topics/replies faster instead?
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2023, 06:53:44 am »

Writing is a mental craftsmanship. You will get faster with practise and routines. Let's have this chat in a year and you'll be a faster writer probably.

Disable grammar and spelling correction. That's a big distraction and only impeeds when writing. Finishing can be done later.

I personally like to write with music in the background, but mostly instrumental or something where I don't understand the language. Gets the mind flowing.
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2023, 08:58:22 am »

My main strategy is to write like I'm thinking and exploring the idea, and to actually do those things and meander my way through the subject (not to imply that people don't usually think when writing responses haha).

I definitely post less because I try to consider my messages more, and oftentimes I'll plan, write two or three paragraphs and decide that I don't want to post any of it, or even reply to the topic anymore. More considered stuff without clearly socially defined responses can be trickier too, like the forum doesn't have too many in-jokes or forum specific slang and responses so you won't always automatically know what to say, and it'll take more effort.

People might have writing backgrounds as well, I really love my literature and I'm sure other people on here will as well, so that can definitely add to the whole long-winded sentences thing.

And, sometimes you just can't write about something because deep down you don't really feel like it, or there's nothing to write. I only really write long responses when things grab my attention (I'm not a masochist!!).


My only advice is: try to write with the same mental muscles that you're also holding a conversation with in real life.

I definitely relate to this, I swear I adopt a verry overly conversational tone in my head when I'm both reading and writing 8)
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