The other day, Mitch was in front of the Lesson.ly crew during our weekly meeting and in the middle of his recap something stood out to me.
"something something if Becca or Eric want to become the best writers they can be, we want to do that something something..."
He probably didn't even think twice about what he had said, but it stood out to me.
I think it's a flaw of writers to easily dismiss their own work. Partly I think because what we do, at its very core, is simplify thoughts into their most basic parts. Nowhere is this more evident than in the study of Journalism.
I had the pleasure of taking Laura Lane's reporting class twice while I was at IU. Twice I got to see her "first-day-of-the-semseter" schpeal where she wrote "ONW" on the whiteboard. That acronym stands for Omit Needless Words and it came from Strunk and White's Elements of Style. The second time after hearing her first lecture, I went and bought the exact edition that she spoke of, published in 1979. I'm glad that I did.
It's a dainty thing. Pages yellowed by time. Printed on paper rarely used anymore with a press that has surely been dismantled for parts by now. It feels as if the words on those pages deserve to be saved. Whoever took care of this before I must have thought it was reverent.
I bought into this belief of omitting the unnecessary. It got me through college well enough, but I think it gave me the bad habit of not just writing to write.
Combine that with the fact that I don't think my life is all that interesting, and you've got someone who barely ever writes outside their job. That's an issue.
So I'm fixing that.
As an exercise in my craft and a bit of personal development I'll be dedicating more of my time to writing outside of work. Topics will vary, as I'm sure will length, but hopefully a year or two down the line, I can look back at this blog today and see a measurable difference.