This is an experiment.
I'm writing things in chunks.
I'm doing it for many many different reasons, but the only one you need to know about right now: to get out of my own head and improve my writing output.
The other reasons…
I'll talk about the other reasons if this experiment goes well. I spend too much time rationalizing and explaining things.
I want to shoot first and ask questions later.
“How do I read chunk headlines?”
Let’s build a hypothetical chunk headline.
Chunks start with a slug, which is usually a coded (abbreviated) term or phrase to give you the general idea of what's inside.
The number following the slash represents where this particular chunk falls in the grand scheme of things. Meaning the above example is the fourth (000, 001, 002, 003) chunk in a line of sequential chunks.
So, pro tip: if you enjoy a slug, start with 000 and work your way up, because each chunk builds off the previous chunk.
The word after the number is a more specific slug under the bigger (first) category. So this is about motivation as it relates to this “skinny-fat-secrets” topic.
And that's that.
Meaning skinny-fat-secrets/003/motivation is the fourth (000, 001, 002, 003) chunk posted in a series of chunks about “skinny-fat secrets,” being mostly about motivation.
“How many chunks are you going to post?”
One per day, minimum. That's all I'm sticking to right now. There might be more, I don't know. But there will always be at least one.
“Does a chunk have any set length?”
No. I'm not escaping rules. I'm just going to go until I feel like the idea I'm working on fizzles.
“Why are chunks written shitty?”
Shoot first, ask questions later. Maybe I should think about writing Shitty Chunks: A Manifesto.
“Anything else I should know?”
I was originally going to make these chunks time-sensitive, disappearing every 24-hours. It's still not out of the question.
I'm thinking about sending a daily email with chunk updates called The Daily Truffle Shuffle. (If you get why it would be called this, we can be friends.)
But I fear that will end up being a poorly written spam filled tornado of chaos for your inbox. So, for now, I'm just using my normal weekly column to send out the updates.