The Templating Game
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What do you mean by the templating [<link; medium read] game?“
“I mean playing with linguistic templates.
One way to play is by creating templates. Whenever you notice a meaningful, recurring linguistic pattern, you turn it into a template. That is, you take the variable part of the pattern and turn it into a variable.“
“‘Variables’ as in those used in math?“
For instance, here’s a familiar linguistic pattern:
The art of living
The art of design
The art of donkey riding
‘The art of’ doesn’t change, but what comes after, does. So we can turn it into a template:
The art of x
Another way to play is by taking a (general) template and generating (specific) instances.
Every x is an opportunity.
Every obstacle is an opportunity.
Every unwanted thought is an opportunity.
Every Monday is an opportunity.
And another way to play is by coming up with new ways to play with templates. I call this the game-making game.“