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Writing with Purpose: The Bank of Ideas

teacher avatar Ernesto Preciado, Philosophy Student & Language Enthusiast

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6 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1: Why and for What are you Writing

    • 3. Lesson 2: Where are you Writing

    • 4. Lesson 3: How are you Writing

    • 5. Lesson 4: Fuel

    • 6. Not a Goodbye

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About This Class

This class is about gaining a new perspective on how one writes. The aim is for sharing a new technique for having a better experience while writing, a new way for improving workflow or creative bursts, and to exercise a skill of immense value.

  • The project for this class will be the creation of the student’s personal bank of ideas. Which is nothing more than a notebook, but one very specific for a single purpose. Students will share their progress on building and creating their own tool to never run out of ideas, topics, resources, or inspiration.
  • This class is for all the creatives out there, not only writers. There is no prior knowledge required. Just pen and paper.

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Ernesto Preciado

Philosophy Student & Language Enthusiast


Hello! I love writing, i love thinking about compelling stuff, and i'd love to share that.

I am a philosophy student, and a former english teacher. I left my job to focus on my studies in university, but the itch to teach is on me in a perpetual matter now, so that's why i'm here.

My classes are going to be a mix of writing tips and mini courses on spanish (and since i'm a native spanish speaker with experience in teaching, you know it's going to be good), but don't be surprised if something besides those topic pops out. It turns out i'm an expert hobbyist, theres no thing in which i can't find the fascinating aspect of it, so that makes me want to take part in as many things as i can, and if i can teach something about it, you bet i'm going to.

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1. Introduction: Hello. My name is Ernest on my my philosophy student and I most on aspiring professional writer and content creator and many other things to be honest. And that means that I write a lot like, really, really not. I have really non stuff for the past couple of years, 24 7 And that means that I practiced on us on me, reading consciously and remote that writing you learn a lot, you start to notice some habits. One person that writes that amount daily with unabated Lee developed some habits and I certainly developed a habit one that I took notice off. And I thought, Well, maybe if I do this consciously, I could develop a skill that will help me. And then I did. I developed a skill that helped me very much in my workflow on my notes. And you know that things. The thing is that sometimes we have a message, our heads Sometimes we just don't know where to start on a project or, ah, research topic or anything. And sometimes we just stare the blank piece of paper and don't know where he went to begin . And so this kill that I developed is for that is for those moments. This is a skill that comes from just four simple concepts. Why, Where, How and fuel. And the great thing is that you don't need any prior experience in the writing for for this skill. So this class is not only for writers. You can apply these to any feel that you're working on. Whether you're in Aditi's a scientist. Ah, hobbyist it. It really does not matter. These will come in handy to you. You will gain something from this. This is a skill about creating a bank, a bank of something very special bank of ideas. In this bank, you will store any knowledge that you gain any thoughts that come to you any really anything. And so this is a skill about writing about creativity, this step out, never running out of things to say, never running out of things to do. And I think that's very important for every kind of work home because the heart of this point off any project is almost universally the beginning, and this is just for that. So let's head on 2. Lesson 1: Why and for What are you Writing: on why and for what are you writing? Writing was one of the biggest inventions of humanity. Maybe it is the most repre Kosik because of its intrinsic power. It enables us to store, transmit, gain, entrance sent information that in other ways will be completely lost. Who wanted spare disappears? There are many reasons for someone to write something down. A recipe, a message for someone. A lesson note. Maybe you have a journal for your dreams or your life and thoughts. Perhaps you are writing stories as a hobby as therapy, or you have that story that everyone needed to hear and didn't knew they needed to. Maybe it's that story that will permeate and stay in. Everyone said for ages and will be talked about endlessly. Or you might have a case for an essay or nonfiction that will set up before and after in your field, and it will reverberate so much that every single person in the next generations will know about your work even indirectly. Whatever the reason is for your writing, you need to have a why. Once you have a why you have said yourself a path, your path, this path will clear you from uncertainties and easily avoidable setbacks. I will give you an example. So imagine that you're learning the guitar. Okay, So what now? How many hours a day do you want to practice? This is when they why will come in handy. Why are you living the guitar? To impress a girl, To become famous, To become a producer, to become a sawn grated. Maybe you want to be the Nets state by I don't know. Or maybe it's not a Simon for your high school. And you just want to credit or I don't know. Or maybe like in my case, you are just passionate about music. Maybe you just find it very fun to play guitar to learn songs. And you don't want to be a great musician. And you don't want to turn the world with your big band. Maybe you don't want to have Amelia Monthly. Listen, it's on Spotify. You are just having fun. So how much practice that you need to have fun? How much our said that you will want to spend learning courts learning the skills, learning music theory? Maybe not that much. And that will separate you from unnecessary stress. If you don't have big goals, you don't necessarily need make practice. So what if I had set myself that go for in a week to learn five Cordes And if I don't get that deadline, I will not be miserable. I will not become sad or we can say they're setback or a major setback or not even a minor setback, because I am just win this for fun. But in the other case, if I do want to become famous for my guitar playing, then I will have to make some sacrifices and spend our worst upon hours upon hours of practice. And I will have to find joy in that because that is the thing that I'm pursuing. So do you see where I'm going when you have a way, William, and doing this for what purpose? That am I doing this? You will set yourself in the right mindset. You will set yourself in the right direction and my writing because I want to publish a book. Am I writing because I want to remind myself or something and my writing because I want to take note off that thing that a teacher said that I didn't understand. And I know that I will need to look for it on my own. So then you now know how to write it. Well, not there yet. But this is the power of the why to set you on a path when a clear path. Now let's say that, dude. Now I know. Why are you writing? And for what? So now where I'll see you there. 3. Lesson 2: Where are you Writing: Well, next thing is, now that you know why now here comes the where Where do you want to write? But the thing is, let's go a little bit further than a simple notebook. Yes, it is going to be a simple notebook, but not just any notebook. I'm actually talking about the place where you are going to create your bank of ideas. The actual bank. Okay, so take a notebook off your liking, and then I want you to give it a specific purpose. Only one, Just one. And you're going to write in it on Lee. The things related to the purpose and nothing else. Let me give you some examples of my own. So these are the places weren't writing right now. These ones are my banks of ideas. This is the most recent one. I made it. I think a year ago it has a title. No, will be this, which means don't forgive. And that is its purpose. That is what I write in it. Things that I don't want to forget. I have really Internet mostly thoughts and saw the kind of many essays about topics that I'm passionate about and also interesting things that my teachers have said over this masters and even dreams. Yes, I write down my dreams. They serve me as inspiration. So as you can see, this one has the most diverse purpose. This one has the same purpose as the last. The difference being is that this one is from a day seen what in the U. S you will call high school. So there's a lot of cringe here. So moving on this one is the most special of all. There's a story that I want to publish a book, but several years later, because I feel it still lacks maturity. And this is what I write all the key concepts, characters, scenes and all those things that good stories have. These are two elements, but let's consider them one because they serve the exact same purpose. And in the exact same way I have these on me at any time, anywhere and there to capture every single thing that is worthy of being remembered later, A thought, an idea, a note. Well, I think this is very self explanatory and talking about self explanatory my notebooks for school. I m not gonna show them you know the drill. So So Those are the places where I write. Those are my banks. Those are the places from where I graphed the things that I need. Those are my primary resource is for when I'm starting a project, or for when I'm looking for inspiration, or for when I'm looking something to talk about or think about, or whatever it is that I need. And there's a thing that I want you to consider. Please consider making your own bank making your own notebook. My hand, of course, and you can go to the store and buy a notebook off your liking. You can grab one that is already in your house. You can recycle one. In fact, it's OK. It's really, really okay if you re cycle something. But the reason I'm asking you to make one of your own is to create a bond with your notebook is to create a bond with the place where you are pouring yourself in the place where you're putting your mind ing's. I think the greater the bunt we have with our things with the things that we use, the bigger the payoff and the bigger the experience and the bigger the retained mint off information and the big here, everything. Everything is better handmade. Now, Sorry not gonna tell you how to make your notebook. That will be for another class. Maybe, but I am going to tell you what you will certainly need to make your own notebook to make your own bank paper. The more recycled paper, the better. But if you don't find recycled paper well, there's the paper store and then thread and needle. And for the cover or paste thicker paper or, in my recommendation, repurpose cardboard. Yes, making enough work is very fun. And of course, you will need other things like Sezer's maybe, and it's actor knife glue, lots of globe. But let's save some time and let me tell you just they won't think the one most important thing to make your own notebook at says to the Internet. Just Google how to make an artwork and you will find plenty of resource is, And yet that's all. That's all you need. So no excuses. If you can't make your own note work, then it doesn't matter. Well, I guess it's okay if you just buy a notable combat Yeah, the attachment, the bond. The thing that I want you to take from this listen, is that writing is something that goes well beyond Just think in the paper. So I guess this is all what I was planning to say about this concept about where just just , you know, a bond bonds are good. 4. Lesson 3: How are you Writing: No, you can't Everything said that is, when are you writing? And you know why are you writing? Here's a few things that you should keep in mind. Or I guess it's just only one thing. Be conscience. Be aware of how you're writing and always have the purpose connected to this. To illustrate what I'm trying to say, here is the story. So one day, like every other one, I was watching videos on the Internet, and I was watching this one about a guy talking funny stories about his life in college about his experiences. At one point he made fun of certain stereotypes related to people in their careers, and that whole thing gave me an idea for a project that I knew that I was going to work on very soon. So I grabbed my phone, which is the place that I write ideas that come off like that. And then I wrote about the mirror analyses of academia. So weeks went by and the project was upon me. So I check my notes and then I read one in particular that said about the mayor analysis of academia. What the hell am I talking about? I thought to myself, and then I failed that assignment, that project, and and so that bummer. And it went back to see it again. It just for the fun and at the middle when he was talking about the stories when, when he was talking about those experiences and making fun off those stereotypes. Then I uh So that is the thing that I'm telling you to do, be conscience and be clear. Okay, if you're writing them something for later, be as clear as you can. Don't hesitate on being clear because we assume that if we know something now, we will know it later, no questions asked, but that it's not have the brain works your brain processes the information and makes a guess of what it's important now and what it's going to be important later. So that keeps you the illusion that you're going to retain it. If you are going to remember what you are talking about, because this is happening now and this is information is being store right now, but later on, brains don't work like that, so be as clear as you can, so just stick to that concept consciousness, be constant about things. Be aware. Be aware off what you are doing. So maybe on your bus, right back to home. You imagine a very good same for the book that you're writing. But maybe the buses an uncomfortable place to write. So you just write a quick note right again. Remind yourself right down clearly. What? Where you thinking before the idea snapped into your head Right down from where that it is . Write down how it affects the character. Right down this in area the characterised in, write down every single detail that will come in handy. So right down for yourself. Clues, right? Them for yourself. Your train of thought. That's it. The thing is to write down your train of thoughts. I don't know how they call over there where you are, whatever you are. But write down the things that let you to the idea. Okay, Sometimes we think that a great idea comes out of nowhere. And we think that geniuses are people who think glorious things out of thin air. But that is not how the mind works. A really clever person, a real genius knows exactly from where he gets his i. D. S. So be aware. Be conscience. That is all 5. Lesson 4: Fuel: Okay, So last concept and last topic that I want to talk about this comes. That is fuel. You can't be a writer if you don't read. You can't create a the yes if you don't think about something. So where do you get the 80 s from? What I want you to do is to become an active listener. Beware or reader. Let's say that you want to write a science fiction level. You can't write science fiction if you don't read science fiction. Or maybe you could, but you shouldn't. You have to know the language. You have to know the concepts. You have to know the history, the contest. You need to have a point of reference. You need to have things to say. And most of all, you need to have good things to say and we're coming in something. You need to know what you're talking about. You just happen. If you don't, then whatever it is that you're doing, you're doing it wrong. It's just a simple is that. And the good thing is is that you don't need any new skill for doing this. You already have the practice. You already know how to do this. The current era and the current culture that we're in already made us an expert at this skill which is consuming. You are what you're consuming and you tell whether you are consuming. If you're working on something, you need to feel your mind with content. Did you ever wonder how a teacher can speak Announced up about a topic? How does someone become an expert on something? Geniuses and prodigies don't come out of nowhere. One of my favorite it's samples off. This is You know him. I second it. He waas an indisputable genius. He by himself revolutionized an entire field forever, he said before and after his work. How did he became such a great mind? How did he generated his techniques? How did he polish them enough? Well, the secret is that yes, he was talented. Yes, he was a genius. But the thing is, is that he wasn't original. Okay, that is just a myth. No one can say something that hasn't been said before. Okay, so I'm getting my head off myself. So long story short. Kids said something beautifully. I'll just call him. He said that he was able to do what he did, and he was able to see as far as he did because he stood on the shoulders of other Jaliens . Remember that? What did he mean by that? There was people who worked on physics before, and he read endlessly the words off those other giants that's looking. Another example, maybe Shakespeare. Someone who again said a before and after of his work, this time in literature. How well many of his works were mainly were plainly copy and pasting from already existing works off other people. The thing is, is that he worked on it, he built upon it, He built his own work on it. And the thing that I want to convey you from this couple of examples are that you shouldn't pursue to do something that has never been done before. That's just not the way how things work. You just need to do one thing to feel your mind with whatever it is that you're pursuing that you are trying to do. If you're an artist, consume art. Go to your local museum, look at pictures, look, have interests at Utah or anything but consume art. However, the way that you consume it. But just look at art. If you're an artist, okay, if you're a writer, then read the more specific the general, the better. If you want to be a filmmaker and watch films endlessly watch every single film. Learn about the lives of the directors, theaters, whatever is learned, the trade consumed the trade. If you want to be a youtuber, watch a lot of YouTubers learn from them. And the main thing is that we already do these things, but not good enough. We we watch things. We consume things for entertainment, just for the fun, and that's OK. But if you're planning to do something similar, then look at it with another. I look at it from another perspective. See how things come together. See how structures are made. Don't just look at something for entertainment. Well, you can. But if you're looking at something that you are playing to, do yourself, don't just look at it for entertainment. Learned how to look at it in an inquisitive way. Ask questions about it. Imagine that your couch, your chair or the toilet is your classroom and the thing that you're watching, it's lazy teacher that never explains anything. So you so ask questions. Investigate him, try to come up with the answers and, most importantly, FL learn how to be amazed by something. Be an active viewer being a tip listener. Be an active reader if you let in a book and the plot twist really took you by store price . Then by the next time you really knit trying to look for this moments that were key for you to realize that that was a murderer. But it just flew right over you and see how everything came together later in the story. And actually, that's key. What I just said. Try to look for panners. Try to look for information. Try to look how everything comes together. Make the right questions and keep consuming because this is your feel. This is where you get stuff to put in the bank. Write down every single things that has a little importance to you to the thing that you're doing. Separate the elements that come together to make whatever is that you're looking at. Learn their structure, learned the craft, and those started at three simple steps to never run out of ideas. Consume, ask right down. That's all 6. Not a Goodbye: so Yeah. So, yeah, that was relate. Just four concepts. Four things that you should remember when writing. Okay, so I hope to see all your banks feeling up. So I hope this will be helpful for you to never feel intimidated by that white page spacing blank in your mind and that you never run out of ideas. I hope this brings you as much clarity in your workload as it has given me and yet never stopped writing. Never stopped thinking, and I'll see you. And then it's one my