Reading Your Reader

2019-11-18T22:22:13+00:00Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“You need a comma here. Also, what does this sentence mean?”

I know unclear comments are just a part of getting feedback, but I still do a double-take when I see them. What were you, my reader, thinking? Did you mean my sentence is unclear, and adding a comma will make it clear? Or did you […]

Striving for Imperfection

2019-11-18T22:36:49+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

2019-11-20T04:07:40+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, momentarily, […]

Give a Good Gift

2019-11-20T04:23:25+00:00Tags: , , , |

Recently I came across an article by Stephen Pressfield that reminded me my readers are  “donating [their] time and attention, which are supremely valuable commodities.”  I owe it to them to give something valuable, whether that be a well-told story, important information, or a new way of thinking about an old idea.

But giving […]