Two great articles on thinking and Magic

This was a good week for ManaNation – probably all around, since one Mr. Jarrett got hitched. On the Magic content side, ManaNation hosted two excellent articles that will, one way or another, change how you think about Magic. Also, if you’re able to generalize, they’ll probably change how you think about pretty much everything else you do.
In no particular order…
Adam Styborski’s A Screen Full of Win covers a concept that’s near and dear to my heart – writing as a thinking tool. Adam presents a nice, concise overview of how and why writing can make you better at things like playing Magic.
I’ve learned over the years that if I want to seriously think about pretty much anything, I have to write about it. That’s how I ended up writing this site, and subsequently writing for ChannelFireball. Similarly, I write when I want to think about biology, which is what’s prompted me to put up my more science-related site (launching soon).
Even if you haven’t been reading Adam’s work on ManaNation and the mothership, you may recognize him from our back-and-forth about social contracts and casual gaming.
Kelly Reid’s Magical Hacks – The Workflow of Your Turn adapts the concept of workflow to running through a single turn of Magic. I know this type of article can seem imposing at a glance – after all, most people don’t put that much structured thought into much bigger tasks such as tackling a week’s worth of work, or packing for a move. The point, of course, is that if you start thinking about things in this manner, it isn’t a big deal – if you don’t quite get that, find a friend who’s been in the military and ask them to go through a complex task they learned in the service.
I’ve written about a related concept before, in my article Observe, Orient, Decide, Act, in which I look at how our attention and decision cycles factor into game play. Kelly’s article this week describes a structure that will help you deploy your OODA loop successfully.
They’re both good reads, so I recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.