The author decided that he was primarily a writer. He quit a job to write full time but found he could not carry out the project that he had set out to accomplish. He was trying to piece together separate ideas to produce a book of philosophy. By necessity, he took a job in accounting and did some writing on weekends. He wrote and published a book in the field of economics. Gradually this experience gave him confidence to do other writing projects. After publishing books in several other fields, the author finally returned to the project that had consumed him as a young man. He completed a book titled "Rhythm and Self-Consciousness" which was published in 2001. This book has been split into three parts which are titled, respectively, The Philosophy of Form, The Philosophy of Rhythm, and The Philosophy of Self-Consciousness. They are now available as e-books.
How I learned to write a book of philosophyby William McGaughey
Originally titled “Rhythm and Self-Consciousness in Writing this Book”, this e-book accompanies the series of books in “A Progression of Philosophies”. The three books were published together in print form by Thistlerose Publications in 2001. The
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HOW I LEARNED TO WRITE A BOOK OF PHILOSOPHY - A project carried out over forty years
Originally titled “Rhythm and Self-Consciousness in Writing this Book”, this e-book accompanies the series of books in “A Progression of Philosophies”. The three books were published together in print form by Thistlerose Publications in 2001. The title was “Rhythm and Self-Consciousness”. The philosophy of form was included as a background from which the newer philosophies would emerge.
Writing is a creative performance which involves rhythm. To get into the mood of writing fluently, certain mental conditions need to be met. A writer who feels more confident and is “loose” does better than the perfectionist.
That was my problem. The source notes that I had written years earlier contained what I regarded as an ideal of insight and expression. I felt I could not improve on their expression but had to piece the notes together to maintain fidelity to the original texts.
When I was working on this project in the late 1960s, I literally arranged scraps of paper in a certain order on which the ideas were expressed. I wrote and rewrote longer articles incorporating those ideas in a certain sequence. When I was dissatisfied, I had to cross out words, rearrange paragraphs, or otherwise interrupt my flow of thinking.
A friend sold me my first word processor in the early 1980s. I was skeptical that it would improve the creative process. But it did. I was now able to make corrections more easily and feel more confident about what I was putting on the page. I gradually switched from writing in longhand to composing on the computer.
Self-consciousness enters into writing in what is known as “writer's block”. The writer just sits there unsure of what to write. I think it helps to have materials previously written to help organize the project. However, there is no substitute for overcoming indecision by simply jumping into the writing process. Once the rhythm of creative thought is flowing, self-consciousness recedes.
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