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Planning an article (suggestions? help?)

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I mentioned a little while back that I wanted to take a shot at writing a Library article (I actually have a few things I'd like to write about, but... one thing at a time). I tried to just write it by the seat of my pants but it wasn't working out the way I wanted it to. So now I'm doing it proper - I've made an outline of what I want to include, and next I'm gonna write a draft.

But then I realised that this planning phase is the perfect time to get input from others! So if anyone's interesting in helping out, feel free to take a look through my planning doc and suggest edits or any important content you think I've missed!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zVUVlrZg9YGq71g00JR0YRS1VSiMhPq101crmApXcfo/edit?usp=drivesdk

The article is going to be focused on dealing with confirmation bias during questioning, but there's other stuff I'd like to include which is more relevant to kin as a whole. (On that subject, if anything I've noted down seem irrelevant to the subject also let me know! I'm treading the fine line between writing an in-depth article and just rambling for hours. :P)

Basically, my goal here is to write the article I wish I'd had when I first awakened. Something that covers all the important stuff without being mind-numbingly boring to read (...hopefully).

Let me know what you all think~



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I've been thinking a bit about this while cooking :biggrinderg:

Reading the outline I think it's a very, very complex article you're planning there, addressing a highly individual topic. I just wonder about the following:

  • Who is your target audience? The newly awakened, the doubting, people who did stick to their kintype for decades, community members, non-community members... ?
  • Do you mean to tell your own story / experiences on handling the confirmation bias? Or is your goal to define general rules valid for everyone? Don't get me wrong, but imo the latter might be close to impossible unless the rules are really basic (like don't hurt others or yourself, have respect, trust yourself etc).

Just as an example as to how controversial the topic might be: I've written down a *very* personal view about the confirmation bias under this article... being well aware that it only applies to me. I expect it to be grilled anytime :toungederg:

 

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Well, you're definitely right about it being complex. I'm thinking of trimming it down a bit, somehow, but everything I've included seems really relevant and important to me. Maybe I could try to mention some things briefly rather than going right into them.

My target audience would mainly be people who are questioning a 'kin identity themselves, but I feel like some of the stuff I want to talk about would probably be relevant for other people as well. I mean, I'd love if I could write an article that, in a more passive way, helps communicate to non-kin/non-community members that we are serious and sensible about this. Helping other people understand our weird little community is something I'd love to do.

In terms of how I'm going to write it, it's definitely going to be framed in terms of my own experiences - i.e. from spending so long questioning, this is what I've learned and this is the advice I'll give to you, things I wish I'd been told at the start. I don't believe there's any rules that could be 100% useful to everyone. But I also think a lot of what I have to say would be useful to most people, since it focuses on things like self-acceptance, dealing with mistakes, how to be sceptical without being harsh to yourself, etc.

I'd also say... what you wrote under that article reflects a lot of my own opinions about it. Like, scepticism and questioning are good, but there's a point where you have to accept your identity and experiences for what they are, even if it doesn't entirely make sense to you and even if there's still some chance you're wrong. We can never be "sure" of our identities. We can never be sure that what we feel is anything more than some weird part of our imaginations, but remaining in that constant state of self-doubt isn't productive. So I think it's important both to be sceptical, but also to recognise when scepticism stops being helpful and to instead focus on your present feelings and what those mean to you, regardless of why you have them.

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Ah, I see... well, that's a great approach! It's so difficult to walk that line between denying and accepting... I was struck by rationality myself the other day, but denying just won't work out.

Well, since I'll read the article anyhow, I'd at least like to offer some cross-reading if that's useful...

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