Striving for Imperfection

2018-11-19T16:52:23+00:00Tags: , , , |

When I was a young writer, I saw the written word as carefully crafted and immaculate. Writing was the transfer of knowledge from the expert to me. To be a writer, I believed I had to stand behind the lectern of perfection and enlighten my audience with flawless ideas—but such writing always eluded me. I [...]

Learning to Accept Feedback

2018-10-31T15:46:50+00:00Tags: , , , |

When I finish a draft, I want to hear how a reader reacts to my thinking and the way I’ve expressed it. I know from experience that this feedback will help make my next draft clearer and more effective. But knowing feedback’s value doesn’t keep me from pushing back against what I’m hearing, from thinking, [...]