The growing drafts

As I work through my writing drafts, I become fond of them. I look for short snippets I can pair up with a drawing to polish, translate, and publish. But I end up turning tiny pieces of text (say, 200 words) into larger essays (say, 1,000 words) which let me further develop ideas but require more time to edit and translate. Drafts grow bigger than I expected, and I let them aside to put more time on them.

These drafts not only develop into essays and text publications but podcast episodes. The Black Box and NFTs & Digital Art, essays I'm currently working on, turned into Bytes episodes (13 and 30 minutes, respectively); Stories Are the Answer developed into a 10-minute experiment; Should you give in to your brain's ideas or focus on deep work? is in the making, as are Unitaskers: Digital versus Hand Writing, In Search of a Publication Strategy, You Stopped Working, The Myth of a Better Life, and many, many other stories.

You're reading sketch number 129, which means this project has been going for 903 days. (Since July 2, 2019.)

The goal is to develop my writing and my ideas, to find out what I think, capture what I learn, and share it with you, in an archive we can navigate anytime in the future.

The process is messy. But it's exactly that journey I'm here to enjoy.

December 14, 2021
Nono Martínez Alonso

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Pencil sketch of Nono Martínez Alonso.