Archive for December, 2012

questions questions?

“Clay explained it in a way that I’ve never heard before and I’ll never forget again. Paraphrased slightly, he said: “Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question – you have to want to know – in order to open up the space for the answer to fit.”

What an insight. He continued to talk about the power of questions. Questions are your mind’s receptors for answers. If you aren’t curious enough to want to know why, to want to ask questions, then you’re not making the room in your mind for answers. If you stop asking questions, your mind can’t grow.”

Ask good questions;

* Don’t ramble on–terminate the sentence at the question mark.

* Get comfortable with silence.

* Start with "who, what, when, where, how, or why" for more meaningful answers.

* Don’t fish for the answer you want.

* Stop nodding if you don’t understand–ask a follow-up instead.

* If you get a non-answer, approach it again from a different angle.

* Rephrase the answer in your own words.

Don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions.

Ask questions to evaluate the validity of the other person’s information. Ask questions to gather data, to help formulate data in to information. Ask questions to help reach conclusions. Ask questions to make decisions and direct action.


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design language: chandler’s law

"When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand."

Raymond Chandler

A concise but evocative piece of advice for writers who have somehow painted themselves into a corner, plotwise. The addition of a new opponent or complication, usually amidst a burst of violence, can free a protagonist from where he has become mired in the current plot.


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1st month

“The first month is crucial to paying; if a player hasn’t paid in that time, they are unlikely to spend money later on.”

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