Encuentro en The Chronicle of Higher Education una nota con diez grandiosos consejos para escribir mejor. En particular me gusta el punto número cuatro:
4. Give yourself time. Many smart people tell themselves pathetic lies like, “I do my best work at the last minute.” Look: It’s not true. No one works better under pressure. Sure, you are a smart person. But if you are writing about a profound problem, why would you think that you can make an important contribution off the top of your head in the middle of the night just before the conference?
Writers sit at their desks for hours, wrestling with ideas. They ask questions, talk with other smart people over drinks or dinner, go on long walks. And then write a whole bunch more. Don’t worry that what you write is not very good and isn’t immediately usable. You get ideas when you write; you don’t just write down ideas.
The articles and books that will be read decades from now were written by men and women sitting at a desk and forcing themselves to translate profound ideas into words and then to let those words lead them to even more ideas. Writing can be magic, if you give yourself time, because you can produce in the mind of some other person, distant from you in space or even time, an image of the ideas that exist in only your mind at this one instant.
Es tan cierto… cuántas veces me he visto a mi mismo engañándome diciendo que puedo sacar de la nada, cinco minutos antes un gran artículo (o ahorita, una gran tesis) o un buen plan, cuando en realidad lo mejor que he hecho ha requerido planeación en equipo, largas caminatas para pensar o veinte borradores hasta dar en el clavo.