Two writing tips

The purpose of any writing worth being written is to help readers better understand something which they what to understand. Follow are two textures to facilitate that understanding.

(1) Readers require humor, humbling, and help

Readers with options will appreciate only that writing which at once humors, humbles, and helps.

Humor is that lightness of heart that comes from a reader feeling an acknowledgment of the reader’s starting-point — their frame-of-reference.

Humility is that stoutness of heart that comes from a reader feeling enough trust to suspend their cynicism and disbelief, and to open themselves to the possibilities portrayed by the writing.

Help is that ecstasy of heart felt by a reader whose life has been made more manageable by having read the writing. Only those readers bereft of alternatives will ever entertain writing which does less than to humor, humble, and help.

(2) “Good enough” is powerful

A thousand plots for perfection sparkle and fade, as a single “good enough” moves the conversation forward. Most writing will be among that which history leaves behind. In the meantime, writing can, at best, move the conversation forward; and a writing cannot do that if the writer’s mind insists that perfection must precede publishing–“forever editing, never to be read.”

Thus a mind plagued by perfection will always be–as a mind consumed with the glory-seeking of excellence or greatness will often be–the enemy, and victim, of the “good enough” writing that moves the conversation forward.

Avoid the death of “good enough” on the alter of perfectionism and a striving for excellence; still, there is a balancing act which yet gradually and finitely rewards, as “merit,” a strength, clarity, and conciseness brought by attention-to-detail.

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