I don’t have to be word perfect every time

Some people love the activity of writing. They derive a positive pleasure from fine-tuning their words, honing their style and striving for a rhetorical flourish. I have been there, often. But writing doesn’t have to be like that. Sometimes the goal is nothing more than to get some words written down and sent to whoever needs to receive them. I have been there, too. Read more

A place for subtext and subtlety

It’s uncomfortable for me to admit, but there was a time when my writing lacked any trace of subtlety or nuance. My work placed a high premium on output that was both literal and precise; and I failed for a while to write in any other style. But once the constraints were relaxed, I became a zealot for the alternatives. I started to explore different writing styles and voices. It was a real treat. Read more