Den har klart været forud for sin tid!
I bogens kapitel "Tapping the Right Brain" refererer Bob Baker til tegnepsykologen Betty Edwards og hendes tænkning om kreativitet og den højre hjernehalvdels betydning. Hvis man har fulgt lidt med i min blog så vil man vide at jeg jævnligt har taget hende til indtægt i forskellige indlæg.
Hun er faktisk en af mine "helte".
Og i forordet oversætter Bob Baker titlens "newsthinking" til "the inner game of newswriting". Det er jo er en indirekte henvisning til coachinguruen Tim Gallwey´s bøger hvis titler alle begynder med "The Inner Game of...". Hans tænkning omkring kampen mellem "self 1" og "self 2" når man skal udvikle perfektion, har jeg også jævnligt refereret til.
Man finder også formuleringen "creative flow", som kunne tyde på inspiration fra Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Analogt til grundtanken i Chris Firths bog bruger Bob Baker metaforen "filter" til at beskrive det mentale maskineri i hjernen som den gode journalist opbygger for at kunne klare at levere sine nyheder professionelt optimalt.
Your central task is the creation of a series of mental filters, one for each step in your prewriting process. Each time you prepare a story, each decision - each rough outline, each question, each piece of information, each new combination of paragraphs - will be run through several or alle of the filters. (...). Your filters ar your standards, tests of completeness which each of the facts to your impulses must undergo.
Your newsthinking must be tailord to the reality of news. Your system og newswriting values has to enable you to continually make aggressiv choises about the raw data you confront; to throw out bad (useless) information; to keep the good and process it through the filters, and to invoke rules of flexibility to retrieve any bad information, should the circumstances of the news story change.This is the kind of system the hightens the unity between your newswriting skills and your brain´s natural talent for making rapid-fire choices and double-checking the results. It is the kind of system that merges your discipline and creativity, helping them both to function at the richest level.With this writing process you judge each piece of information as soon as i arrives: "Does it belong in my story?" you demand to know, the same way your brain and nervous system constantly screen out useless data that would otherwise bombard your senses. The information that qualifise for your story is analalyzed and combined byt passing through those filters.
You have two cerebral hemispheres, often performing widely differnt functions. The left side handles speech and numbers, and percieves the world stricktly by the cronology in which events happen. The right side is holistic - expresses itself by nonverbal, subjective, intuitive impulses and allows you to undestand relationsships between parts and wholes.Applide to newswriting, the populart right-hemisphere theory maintains that when a reporter writes a good feature story, she uses the right half of her brain to develop a creative angle. She the shifts to her left hemisphere, using it to convert that angel into words and analyze the results, then move back to the right side for further inspiration, then back to the left side to check i out, and so on.
The more clearly you percive the way your mind collects, shuffles, reshuffles, retrieves, and then spits out the components of your story, the more you will write with perspective, authority, and speed. You´ll do it because you´ll feel, subtly, the chaotic flood of ideas narrowing into af line of thougt that will suddenly race from your head to your fingers and produce the story. You´ll know something about why it happens, and you´ll know somethin about how to make it happen more often.