Hierarchical vs territorial writing. What’s the difference between both? The first is based on structure, the second one in relations. What I want it’s more territorial writing and a less hierarchical one?
In a hierarchical writing, I’m always thinking in an institutionalized mindset. Who am I writing to, why, how much… in some way, I start thinking under a structured box of writer and reader, sender and receptor, where I serve to the other.
Digital social networks are the extreme of a dynamic that always has existed in this hierarchical writing. The search for readers, followers, views, is a hierarchical approach to writing.
In a hierarchical writing, you need boxes, folders, or documents. You need hierarchy. Where do I save this text? What is going to be its title or filename? Does it have a table of content? Is it part of a project? In which area do I classify it? Etcetera.
The best optimization for a text you write in a hierarchical way is to locate it in a unique place under a structure or a system. A text can have several layers of classification, but all are exclusive and hierarchical: theme, size, chapter, format, genre, etc.
In a territorial writing, you connect part of your text to other texts. It doesn’t matter the who but the topic. Boxes, folders, or documents not only don’t matter but can be an obstacle in the search for relations.
A territorial writing is, of course, rhizomatic. Every phrase—sentence or paragraph isn’t a fair definition—is at the same time the end of a thread or it can be the beginning of a new branch. Every phrase—and a word with enough meaning can be a phrase—can be a node.
Territorial writing is topologic. What other phrases are related to this one? How do I call this relation? Do they form a cluster? Or, can they form a new cluster?
What happens if I connect this phrase with this other that doesn’t have an explicit or natural connection to each other? What about making random relations?
The best optimization for a text you write in a territorial way is to connect it to as many other texts or phrases as possible. The power of a phrase is rooted in the quantity and quality of its relations and connections.