Good Fasting and Bad Writing

The following comment posted by Mike E provoked some serious thought as discussed below.

4 Responses to “Day 5, Social Kryptonite, desk work and near failure.

1. Mike E Says:
February 1st, 2007 at 5:39 pm e

Does desk-work include writing, John? I’m curious: How do your fasts effect your focus while word-crafting?

If there is one thing I hate it’s questions that force self appraisal. I have worked hard all day and then I’m being forced to find out if that Gestalt thing is really working – you know “every day in every way I’m getting better.”Now self appraisal involves both qualitative and quantitative aspects and on the qualitative side, I already claimed to be doing the best blogging possible every day, it’s just the readers who are fickle.

Qualitative self appraisal is simple but not always accurate. Fortunately, my friend over at The Middle Manager has once again provided the tool with his post on the Gender Genie.

In the month of December, I had a six day fast and the whole month was pleasant. My wife was here the whole month and I got ample time for desk and manual labor and there was an element of feasting during our St. Thomas excursion and the six day fast prior to Christmas. All during the same healthy prosperous, non argumentative period.

First off, my own self appraisal is that the titles are far more creative when not fasting and the topics more varied but I’ll leave that assessment to the reader (see the list below).

The interesting thing was the rigid assessment by the Gender Genie using their fixed rules of the program and their word count.

Prior to fasting I was averaging about 639 words per blog and was writing in a fairly androgynous manner with half my essays yielding male and half female. During the fast I dropped to 355 words per post and my style became more feminine with 5 out of 6 passages determined to have a female author.

Reqardless if you trust all of the results, there has been a definate reduction of creativity and length and the character of the blog entries has changed. I have learned how to sit at a desk and do managerial work but have not yet figured how to do creative writing while fasting.

In my earlier works where a few were published, I would pace miles between pages and half of my mindless walking would end at the fridge. Now I have quit snacking and it seems that it is detremential to good writing.

As an aside, that is why it probably took so long for writing to develop at all. Savages fighting for food had little time to waste on writing philosophy and poetry. It was not until an agrarian culture with specialized disciplines when people could worry about sharing their thoughts for posterity.

Ah well, I would guess Skinny Starving Savages just weren’t meant to be poets.

Decide for yourself!

ADHD and The Need to Exercise.

Words: 582
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)
Female Score: 769
Male Score: 1003

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

Hyperactivity is No Joke

Words: 777
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 1263
Male Score: 939
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

Lifestyle of the Rich and Shameless!
Words: 421
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 505
Male Score: 515
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

Why Fatties Shouldn’t Fly
Words: 601
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 890
Male Score: 961
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

Lifestyle of the Rich and Shamelessly Obese!
Words: 446
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 788
Male Score: 486
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

ADHD – The Evil Side
Words: 1009
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 1493
Male Score: 1393
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

Is there a style change????

Fasting in December?
Words: 339
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 371
Male Score: 370
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

Day 2, Fasting in December
Words: 311
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 324
Male Score: 509
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

Day 3, Half-Fasting in December
Words: 595
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 806
Male Score: 749
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

Fasting: Day 4, Going Strong?
Words: 289
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 423
Male Score: 342
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

Fasting Day 5, Ooops!
Words: 256
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 343
Male Score: 297
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

Fasting, Day 6 – Those damn weight loss plateau’s
Words: 342
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 454
Male Score: 444
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

8 Responses to “Good Fasting and Bad Writing”

  1. Mike E Says:

    Interesting. Pretty well in line with my own experience: My writing suffers a lack of imagination when I’m hungry. I tend to have a ‘get the job done’ attitude — if I’m not too distracted & annoyed to sit & write at all.

    Whereas, when I’m well fed I tend to feel more willing to take risks & follow a tangent — for good or ill. And also — perhaps most important — to pay attention to & process external inspiration sources like other blogs, conversations with friends etc.

    I suspect protein-derived ATP fuels creative processes much the same way it fuels the movement of your arm reaching for a glass of wine.

    Thanks for the smart reply — and also for the heads up re: the Gender Genie. I’m off then to fiddle with that for awhile…

  2. Stephan T Says:

    Thoughts for Posterity?

    Ha! What a miserable world.

    As an aside, that is why it probably took so long for writing to develop at all. Savages fighting for food had little time to waste on writing philosophy and poetry. It was not until an agrarian culture with specialized disciplines when people could worry about sharing their thoughts for posterity.

  3. ggwfung Says:

    I think you need to change the blog’s name to “Gonzo Fat Female”

    🙂

    ggw

  4. fatsavage Says:

    like Mike E – you have promted another analysis – comming soon.

  5. ggwfung Says:

    fatsavage, I’ve found reader’s comments can be a great source of writing ideas. They do do so much work for you!

    ggw

  6. themiddlemanager Says:

    As always, a well-written, though provoking and inspiring post. The best I could come up with for the Gender Genie was basically, “Gee, this is neat.” You were able to turn it into poetic and introspective tool. AWESOME!!!

  7. fatsavage Says:

    Thanks for the complement – Now you know why we all missed you when you were gone. 😉

  8. Bad Writing and Gender Bias « The Gonzo Fat Savage Lifestyle Says:

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