Fluency Jun 26, 2017

Fluency in writing has been elusive for me, while when it comes to coding I’ve had it for a long time.

I define fluency as being able to translate something from my mind to screen as quickly as I can type. There may be a more scientific definition somewhere, but I don’t care right now.

When I figure out I need a programmatic thingie that can do this or that, it’s usually written before I start typing. It simply comes down to getting it into the computer with correct syntax. As I go I may have to tweak one thing or another, maybe to allow for unexpected errors or bad input, but things proceed quickly.

When I write, things are not this smooth. When I figure out that a character needs to go somewhere or do something I struggle. What if I am wrong? Can she do that? What if another character shows up and says “I can’t believe you did that! What kind of hack is writing you?”

It’s the opposite of fluency. It’s hesitancy.

The solution seems to be write more. Back to it.

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