How Do I Write So Much?
September 4, 2009
Last Revised: May 23, 2012 4:50 PM
I've often stated that I have researched, composed and published over 100,000 web pages.
An author without readers is an empty vessel. In terms of "readers," my cup runneth over. I regularly get more than 300,000 "page visits" per month on all my web sites.
That means that 300,000 people have looked at ONE page, or 300 people have each looked at 1,000 pages, or that 3,000 separate people have each looked at 10 pages of my stuff.
The amount of time, on an average is not high -- perhaps 3 minutes on a page, but within that average there are the top people who may well spend an hour reading a page.
My writing is good because my measure of "good" is how many people come read and keep coming after much of this has been published for 25 years.
How did I do that?
Actually my total web pages number well, well over 100,000 pages.
1. Definition of PAGE
I define a "page" as what will print on an 81/2 x 11 paper, and some people use the more technical word of "file" or an HTML file, many of which make up a site.
So, one of my files may be very long -- if you scrolled through it, there would be, sometimes 30 pages or even more. That is not considered good form, now, but in the early years my files could be even more pages -- 50 or more sometimes.
I had very few files that could be printed on one page.
2. Copy and Paste
My most usual file might well start with an article copied from some source (source always shown and linked) from the Wall Street Journal, JAMA, or any of thousands of sources.
A typical such file might have a copied portion which, by itself, might scroll for 10 pages and I would typically add 10 or more pages of my own original text -- a total of 20 pages.
However it was not unusual to copy material from other sources (hundreds of "pages") and put them on one of my files or several.
Thus, I have virtually all of the writings of Prof Wundt and old Census reports, and other stuff which is, now, often no longer available on the web.
There was a time when I had several of Adele Davis' Books fully transcribed on a web -- with links to source, but some were manually retyped from original paper books. (They are all gone now, since a prominent Scientologist got permission from the estate to have them on a site -- I took mine down.)
I have many pages about my "competition" and I usually copy some of the online stuff onto one of my pages and then comment on it, usually with criticism.
I have a book on IV Chelation, by Dr. Elmer Cranton, all of it on my web -- copied and pasted.
3. I am a prodigious writer
Years ago when I had a secretary who would take dictation for me, I would often sit with only a very few notes, often none, having worked out the entire content mentally. I've done it -- I would dictate a memo or report -- one outflow -- perhaps an hour. The very good secretary could get it all, type it and even make simple corrections in grammar. I've done that often, years ago, and get back a 30 or 40 page report.
When I was a very active public speaker, I leaned the "secret" of public speaking.
It often started with me writing a text and memorizing it, then practicing that speech in front of a mirror, then practicing it JUST for the gestures and for the places where I wanted to change the volume or the speech in some way other than the content.
Then, with a memorized speech, I would give it as many times as I could.
Gradually I no longer "remembered" the exact words. I found that I could divide a speech into "subject segments" that were separate -- and I KNEW what each segment contained in concept, but did not KNOW the exact words.
I could then think of a speech mentally, as a sequence of very short segments. I KNEW each segment and what was in it, not the words, but the concepts. I chained the segments into a logical sequence.
I could then take "A" speech with 40 segments and easily deliver it in 15 minutes or, with more detail from the segments, take two hours to deliver it.
I also got so flat on questions from the audience that I could easily take a question, jump to an applicable segment, explain briefly my reply, then return to the segment I had been in -- thus maintaining the flow.
These skills flowed over to writing. I would read 5 long articles during a one-week period, and be thinking about them during that week.
The moment would come when I KNEW the content of those articles, and KNEW my own considerations and opinions on those articles -- well. That moment would be the one when an entire web page (which might be 40 pages printed) was in my head, mentally sequenced as to segments.
As I started ONE segment, my attention on that, my recalls of the article and my considerations were all concentrated in that one segment so I found it easy to POUR OUT words at generally my typing speed. At one time I could type over 100 WPM, but it is slower when I have to worry about my typing accuracy, watch my line of type as I type and back space to correct errors.
4. I am a nick-picking reviewer and editor
On the opposite end of fast, I very often can take 2 hours looking for just the right image that will fit with a paragraph I've just written. I used to use Google Free images. I now buy them from a stock photo web site.
It would not be unusual for me to search a long time for an image, not find it, find an image that would fit a different word or idea in the paragraph. I would then often change the text so that the image would fit.
I've done the same with formatting and page design. In the early years I used one style, then found another, and another. "Navigation" on a web page can be daunting for a reader -- I've spent hundreds of hours working with different navigation menus -- now use mostly a "drop-down" menu I like.
But, I do spend a large part of my "writing time" in fiddling with the appearance of the page, not counting the content or ideas. There are many studies that show that the eye-trail studies that have been done for advertising copy and for books/web pages -- these studies have provided me with many standard practices that I now use without thought -- these speed up the composing activity.
I am very careful about using a spell checker -- one typo can distract a reader terribly, so I am careful about these.
5. Awareness Scale
Much of my writing it meant to "convince" or "persuade."
I very consciously follow the LRH Dissemination drill of finding a ruin and helping a person UP the awareness scale from ruin upwards.
With this pre-planed mental outline I can usually read or think of various segments in a totality relative to where that segment fits within the Awareness Scale -- and use words that help promote those levels.
There is MUCH more about LRH that I use, consciously.
I have probably at least read, if not studied, all the books, all policies and most bulletins
As you know, in a long policy about XX, there is often a gem of a completely dis-related comment thrown in by LRH, often a humorous example in another field, to intensify LRH's words or subject.
One instance of that is Ron's Journal 67, with the WILD beginning words:
“Our enemies on this planet are less than twelve men.
“They are members of the Bank of England and other higher financial circles. They own and control newspaper chains and they are, oddly enough, directors in all the mental health groups in the world, which have sprung up. Now, these chaps are very interesting fellows. They have fantastically corrupt backgrounds, illegitimate children, government graft – a very unsavory lot. And they apparently, sometime in the rather distant past, had determined upon a course of action. (complete text)
I accept LRH words as truth without hesitation. When I started writing about the Obama Dictatorship and destruction of America, at first, I trembled to write what I, using my own logic and research found to be true.
But when I find something of LRH's that confirms it -- that is enough for me to launch an entire research project -- KNOWING the truth, simply looking for confirming details. I can skip over the details of disagreement -- since I accept LRH as truth. This shortens my research time and makes my writing extremely confident and certain. I do not have to worry about quibbling or compromising my statements.
6. Key To Life
I have always had a high IQ.
It went way up in Scientology.
Much of the measurement of IQ lies in the understanding of logic.
Much of understanding logic is understanding word definitions.
Much of the KTL is understanding the definitions of small words and grammar.
I spent more than 2 years on the KTL, with two very good twins and with the most pleasure I've had on any LRH course
I could go on, but you get the idea.
7. All My L's
For most who have had their L's, I suppose, the gains are stunning and cannot be explained to others.
That was true for my L's and I found that they greatly expanded my scope of observation in space and time -- thus making research easy for me.
I often think about what I want to research and find it in a fraction of the time that others seem to take in looking.
Perhaps from this I have developed an innate sense of whether someone is being truthful or covering up a WH. Same is true for reading and seeing stuff on TV.
I can and do NOTE the lies instantly -- may have to go dig to find the details, but this ability helps me, confident of my own conclusions, write rapidly without worry of fault, and find easily what I need to "prove to WOGs" that I am presenting truth.
8. This is a small part of it, but enough to give you a glimpse
I also exchange in abundance, as this reply may show....
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