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Construction Physics • 21087 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. The author's writing process involves mainly two types of posts: explanation-driven and exploratory. They often write to understand complex topics themselves and then share their findings.
  2. Extensive research is a crucial part of the author's writing process. They gather information from a variety of sources like books, dissertations, and online resources.
  3. The author follows a structured approach starting from research, reading, and thinking, then moves on to compressing and structuring content, before finally drafting, editing, and posting their work.
Agents and Books • 2240 implied HN points • 09 Jan 24
  1. When pitching a book idea, it's more than just a quick question or statement. Take the time to fully develop and flesh out your idea.
  2. Don't solely rely on others for validation or success of your idea. Invest time and effort to explore its potential on your own.
  3. Excitement and personal investment in an idea matter more than getting a quick answer or guarantee from someone else.
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CRAFT TALK • 3144 implied HN points • 13 Sep 23
  1. Editing ruthlessly is important in creating a concise and impactful story.
  2. Letting go of words during the editing process is necessary for the evolution of the story.
  3. Receiving praise for your work brings relief and joy, validating the effort put into crafting your story.
One bag many places • 39 implied HN points • 26 Apr 24
  1. The author uses photography to tell a story, aiming to capture emotions and convey specific messages in their images.
  2. The importance of considering composition and editing techniques to enhance the intended story and emotions in a photograph.
  3. Reflecting on personal experiences and emotions to create more meaningful and impactful photographic work.
Story Club with George Saunders • 74 implied HN points • 07 Mar 24
  1. Editing is a complex process that involves both line editing and structural editing.
  2. Metaphors play a significant role in writing but should not be mistaken for the actual process of revising.
  3. Approach editing with the right spirit, aiming for a balance between being too harsh and too lax to bring out your best work.
The Uncommon Executive • 19 implied HN points • 24 Mar 24
  1. Decide why you are writing a book - legacy, knowledge sharing, or business marketing are common reasons, not making money.
  2. When considering how to publish, options include traditional publishers, smaller publishing services, or self-publishing on platforms like Amazon Kindle.
  3. From writing to publishing a book, budget for costs like editing, proofreading, design, and consider the timeline - it took the author 4.5 months.
Rough Diamonds • 23 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. The author's writing process involves minimal editing and a lot of continuous writing from years of experience.
  2. The author emphasizes the importance of clear, concise writing using strong, plain language.
  3. In addition to focusing on logic in writing, the author also highlights the importance of evoking the right emotions and associations in the reader.
American Dreaming • 136 implied HN points • 09 Apr 23
  1. Literature is being sensitivity edited to conform to political correctness, even posthumously, which is seen as cultural whitewashing.
  2. Sensitivity editing of literary works without author consent or after their death is considered morally wrong and limits cultural history.
  3. Normalizing sensitivity editing in literature sets a troubling precedent for other mediums like film and music, potentially rewriting past art to suit current sensitivities.
How to Glow in the Dark • 117 implied HN points • 22 Feb 23
  1. Delays in getting edits from editors or agents are frustratingly common in book publishing.
  2. ESBs involve delays in receiving feedback, which can lead to distress for authors.
  3. It's important for all parties to address ESBs by understanding the underlying reasons and collaborating for corrective action.
The Leftovers • 99 implied HN points • 15 May 23
  1. Editing a literary magazine can provide a valuable understanding of the literary world and help writers avoid self-absorbed behavior.
  2. The novel 'Scamp' by Roland Camberton offers a glimpse into bohemian late-1940s London and the struggles of launching a literary magazine.
  3. Starting and maintaining a literary magazine can be a rewarding experience, offering a platform for writers and fostering a sense of community.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to Token Engineering • 19 implied HN points • 15 Aug 23
  1. Self-sovereignty as a contributor involves taking ownership and collaborating effectively with others.
  2. We need to move away from centralized leadership roles in open source projects to foster true decentralized organizations.
  3. Motivation plays a key role in contributing to projects, balancing intrinsic and extrinsic motivators is crucial.
First principles trivia • 4 HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. Taking a perfect dating photo involves addressing technical aspects like focus, exposure, resolution, focal lengths, bokeh, color rendition, and lighting.
  2. Using Photofeeler to get feedback on your photos is crucial in determining which ones are truly attractive, smart, and trustworthy.
  3. Iterative posing and experimenting with different expressions, body orientations, and angles can help you find the most appealing combination for your dating photo.
Turnaround • 98 implied HN points • 29 Jul 19
  1. Good storytelling helps you stand out and get noticed, conveying facts more effectively than presentations.
  2. A good story typically includes a central character, conflict, message, plot, and a journey.
  3. Timing matters in sharing your story - consider waiting until product-market fit or a launch to engage with media.
And It Don't Stop • 0 implied HN points • 24 May 23
  1. Good editors respect writer's intentions, suggest stronger language, and double-check facts.
  2. Music from different cultures all have unique grooves that can be enjoyed and appreciated.
  3. Staying engaged while reviewing albums is key to providing worthwhile critiques and enjoying the process.
Cosmos • 0 implied HN points • 27 May 23
  1. Using a library like Pluto can speed up media editing workflows by automating tasks like converting files, resizing images, creating videos from images, and more.
  2. Pluto offers a variety of scripts to help with tasks such as converting a PDF into a video slideshow, creating GIFs from videos, resizing images for better website performance, and more.
  3. For those working with media files regularly, leveraging Pluto's scripts can save time and streamline the editing process.