Seth Godin wrote this on a blog post called Did you do the reading?:
The reading isn’t merely a book, of course. The reading is what we call it when you do the difficult work of learning to think with the best, to stay caught up, to understand.
The reading exposes you to the state of the art. The reading helps you follow a thought-through line of reasoning and agree, or even better, challenge it. The reading takes effort.
This list assumes that writing is distinct from the practice (or that writing is not a practice) so forgive the simplistic tone of the binary.
- let the writing do its work, and the practice do its own work
- parallel trajectories that focus on different (but related) concerns
- writing that critically reflects on the practice (careful here not fall into traps of justification, complication, validation)
- writing that helps to cohere
- writing that serves to mess it up (careful: how to make it clear that you understand the nature of your project?)
- “to discover a way for repeated words to become performative utterances rather than constative utterances” – Peggy Phelan (1993, p.149)