Writing, week #1, learned…
January 8, 2011 § 17 Comments
A four-day corporate work week can wreck a person’s blog-a-day stamina.
Still, there are writing lessons out of the whole 4-day mess:
In Tech Writing World:
1) Non-writers can be far more concerned with a document’s appearance than its content.
2) IT specialists have a weird faith in software apps they’ve never used themselves, and they have far more in common with Jimmy Fallon’s SNL character, the IT Guy (move!), than they realize.
3) Offices have doors for a reason; close them when writing!
4) Resources, like the AP Manual, The Copywriters Handbook, and often the Web, are great, important, necessary, and like silent little friends when you hit a wall on something you shouldn’t bother to carry around in your head anyway – period after the word Inc? hyphenate the word reorganization? etc.
5) Have a writing compadre, always, somewhere on the premises, or at least a phone call away. Always.
Real Life Writing:
1) Don’t let a day go by without writing something for yourself or your editor. (No, this is not about tech writing.)
2) Go to lunch or coffee with that writing friend. If he/she doesn’t live nearby, ask them to move closer. (Yeah, writers can be a little unrealistic in their requests sometimes. It’s an offshoot of writing creatively.)
3) Realize that you may/will start off writing several (times bajillion) pages of crap but the “good” stuff will come. What’s the “good stuff?” You will know when you hit it. It’s like knowing when you’re really in love but can’t necessarily explain to someone how you know when it’s for sure.
4) Focus, focus, focus on getting your writing (done) in one place. Beware of using too many different notebooks for too many different things.
5) Carry your journal with you everywhere. Really. It’s a catch-net, a safety net, a friend, a go-to and a place where you can write anything from lists and ideas for queries/articles to a line that jumps into your head that starts or finishes a creative piece you’re doing OR the phone number of someone who just might be a connection.