the foot. They might start out organized and sensible but become impatient
and a little scared, so they rush the process....
Once you decide (a) that you have something worthwhile to say and
(b) how and to whom you want to say it, take time... to determine (c)
what it might mean to readers [or hearers—that is, how different segments
of your audience might interpret it differently].... Maintain that
perspective as your work progresses, checking now and then to ensure that
your text is
presents continual and abundant opportunities to convey joy and excitement
or comfort and compassion. Apply the math to those opportunities, let a
smile be your punctuation, and in a single day feel the world hum with a
more hopeful, peaceful, whimsical vibration….
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require them to write. In my experience, about a third believe that they
write well… or at least well enough.... [The truth is that not one of them]
consistently communicates well in writing.
This is bad news. It means that there are millions of writers who believe
that their work is being read and understood, and millions of readers who
think that they’re getting the information they need, and they’re all
mistaken, and it’s making them cranky....
Does the following sentence mean anything to you?
advanced analytics to drive sustainable results.
Me neither. This common and tedious business-writing style actually holds
readers at arm’s length and fails... to forward the writer’s objectives.
Beyond that, there’s a sly animus that I perceive in much of the writing for
public audiences... [a sort of sneering at the reader that says, in effect, I’
m smart and you’re not, so I can feed you this word salad though it lacks
both flavor and substance....]
by Mary Campbell. Click here for a PDF of the full chapter.
answer is to write. Every sentence you
construct adds weight to the balance
pan. If you’re afraid of what other
people will think of your efforts, don’t
show them until you write your way
beyond your fear. If writing a book is
impossible, write a chapter. If writing a
chapter is impossible, write a page. If
writing a page is impossible, write a
paragraph. If writing a paragraph is
impossible, write a sentence. If writing
even a sentence is impossible, write a
word and teach yourself everything
there is to know about that word and
then write another, connected word and
see where their connection leads. A
page a day is a book a year.
to rising genius; though all the world
knows that it is only a form of speech,
very often employed by a single needy
blockhead. —Thomas Baington Macaulay