YELLOW SUBMARINE, JOKES, BREVITY, AND BEING STUBBORN
A Method for Writing Super-Fast Articles?
I Write an Article a Minute. Watch me go. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
The idea for this article was formulated the same way I come up with all my articles, starting with a joke.
The joke? Writers who publish an article a day.
I’m not saying the writers themselves are a joke.
I’m saying the speed the articles are written is the premise for my joke.
I figured, why not two articles a day? Or three. How about one an hour? I rested with one article a minute for my title. Anything faster probably wouldn’t be funny anymore.
Would it? I love to second-guess myself.
I’d have been fine to leave this article simply as title, subtitle, and image. No words to follow. Just a joke with a punchline tied neatly together.
The problem is — that don’t work too well ‘round these parts.
A riff off the joke
If you’ve been on this platform for a while you’d know there‘s an abundance of writers who use the publish-an-article-a-day approach. I’m not one. Not even close. I’m not bashing it either. Whatever method someone uses the writing speaks for itself.
If you aren’t familiar, some writers use a system to accomplish publishing an article in an hour. Supposedly, it works pretty well for them, too.
I’m suspicious about it since articles don’t come with a time log displaying how long they took to write. If they did it might lay my suspicion to rest.
How long is long enough?
Brevity is the soul of wit.-Shakespeare
Note my choice not to include William in the credit following the preceding quote.
Is this improper not to include first names if someone is famously famous for something?
How many other Shakespeares could there be?
In the upcoming passage, I only use first names for the same reason. Is this also wrong?
I told you I love you second guess myself.
Returning to the original quote credit, my reasoning for leaving out William is brevity.
I like things short. However, as I said, short doesn’t cut it here.
I could write a whole article in under an hour. It probably would suck but…scratch that. Most of us do write a good chunk of our articles in an hour.
It’s the rewriting and editing that takes up all the time.
Can you write and publish something of substance in an hour?
Artificial intelligence supposedly already can do it — write basic articles faster and possibly better than the average person.
If we’re not already there we’re certainly heading in that direction. Right now I have a little emblem on my screen telling me how engaging and clear my writing isn’t as I type.
I try not to pay it too much attention except when pride intervenes and I think I’ve got something exceptional on my hands. It’s only then when I check in with Emblem that it always knocks me right off my pedestal.
Maybe this is the best reason not to follow systematic rules or algorithms via AI and to instead explore more unconventional non-formulaic methods of writing.
You know what? Forget it, I’m turning off that negativity-based emblem right now.
Their, see you cant’ even tell teh differnec.
Alright, some technological input isn’t bad.
Expanded title becomes the article
Usually, when we click on a piece of writing we’re looking for something more from the image and title to engage us.
But I didn’t have an article when I started this. I just had a joke. Understandably, if I hadn’t expanded upon the joke there wouldn’t have been much for the reader’s engagement.
What else is there then when all you want to share is a joke?
This is what I found.
DJ and Beatle lover, Dennis Elsas, shared the evolution of the song Yellow Submarine. Since The Beatle’s drummer, Ringo is the singer I figured he wrote it, too.
But it was John who wrote these original lyrics to the melody of the song:
“In the land where I come from, no one cared, no one cared”
Elsas called this initial version depressing.
Paul added new lyrics about the man from the sea. These replaced John’s and helped to change the mood of the song.
It was Ringo who was chosen to be the singer of the nursery rhyme-type ditty for his “uncle-like” quality when it came to relating to kids.
Once sound effects were added, the rest was Beatle history.
Two interesting points about this topic are that the song did not arrive at its finished form. Shocking right? A common misconception I often have concerning art. The second point is how critical the editing process played in its finality.
What I’m saying is, not only does it pay to edit but you must spend additional time revising your spark of inspiration no matter how wonderful it arrives.
Is it possible then for someone to write and publish a deeply engaging article in an hour? My verdict: I don’t think it is.
Here’s a helpful article by David B. Clear on publishing too much too fast:
Why “Publish Consistently” Is Sometimes Horrible Advice
3 signs you’re publishing too much
What you end up with is what matters
Despite the Yellow Submarine’s editing evolution, I still like John’s depressing first version. I‘m not making as good a case for the editing process here as I could but I still respect it and see its overall value.
I like to write one-liners and I do rewrite them. I don’t always publish them though because there’s no real enthusiasm for them and maybe it’s because readers cannot fully engage with them. But I could write and publish a shitload of one-liner-type articles every day.
Meanwhile, here I am contradicting myself by writing way more than I intended.