I’ve taken a new position. I’m now an editor and writer at a company called We Are Teachers. I do some article writing for them, but I also write very short pieces designed for emails or giveaways. I didn’t think I’d like this kind of work, but I do! It brings me back to the importance of knowing how to write short. I’ve talked about this before, but here’s the book I’m referencing:
Writing Short, Day 1
And thank you, Roy Peter Clark, for soothing my guilt about writing specifically for the Tweet. In “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times,” this amazing writer praises Twitter’s 140-character limit as a tool for “intelligent cutting.”
So, as a way to get better at my new craft, I’m re-reading his book and actually doing the activities at the end of each chapter. The first: Practice writing plain sentences that contain a grace note, one interesting word that stands out.
As did Proteus, I move forward into change. I figure, I can either let it happen to me, or control it. I try not to change too much at one time. I try to hit that sweet spot between old familiar habits and new unpredictable assignments, but often the wind comes in from the West and I must learn a new skill to get the boat under control. These moments help us see who we are and that is not lost on me.