Achilles and the Tortoise

Wow, I just finished a class title “Revolutions in Scientific Thought”. It was sold to students as a philosophical look at the history of scientific thought. As someone who loves history and science I assumed it would be a great way to end my first year as a graduate student. Oh, how wrong was I! It turned out to be a five-week crash course on scientific development; five weeks is to way too short to really absorb the developments of Aristotle to Einstein. Hell, five weeks is too short to absorb anything!

Trying to keep up and absorb 2000 years of scientific development in five weeks is one reason I haven’t been blogging as much as I promised myself I would. Another is that during this time, I have rarely had time to think of something to blog about and when I have, I didn’t like what I wrote. Sometimes I just don’t think what I have to say is fit to print.

I decided to spend some time reading various blog and magazine articles hoping to find a writing style that appeals to me. What keeps me interested, what keeps me reading? Finding a style that hooks me in will direct how I should write.

It turns out I enjoy articles that are comprised of small concise paragraphs, each a small article in itself, yet read together they tell a larger story.

I’d like to write so that my readers get something out of each paragraph. Of course I want my readers to continue reading the entire piece, but if each paragraph tells its own story the larger picture may not get lost in a sea of unnecessary words. No more “blah blah blah, get to the point! Each paragraph is the point. Does that make any sense?

The next time I have some witty or interesting to write about I will try this new “paragraph story” approach (I have not yet come with a good name for this style, I’m taking requests). For now I’m still trying to figure out the famous “Achilles and the tortoise”  paradox. Or at least try to figure out why this is considered a paradox; I am fairly confidant that given the opportunity, any one of us could over come a tortoise. If you have any thoughts about this conundrum I would love to hear it. I’d also like to hear about your approach to writing.