Are you going, or do you have a son or daughter going? Well read on.
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Why think about this now.
September will be here before you know it and with it, shock treatment. One professor sets an essay assignment. Then so does another. And of course they expect their essays completed within impossible deadlines.
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It's not just about need to know
Ten Steps is much more. It's pushing you to be creative at the same time. A genius called Tony Buzan made life so much easier for me. His work introduced me to Mind Maps. Mind Maps, brainstorming and all those processes can be unbelievably useful. They “unblock” you. They help you think things through. If you’re stuck, they get you going again.
My writing experience
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There you have it. Thanks for following along.
Yesterday, my sister-in-law gave clear instructions to the grounds crew tasked with cleaning up her garden while she was at work. The main thing they were supposed to do was rake the lawn – they have an extensive lawn and this was the first chance since the end of winter to clear out all the leaves and dead grass. Well not only did they do that, but they proceeded to level much of the garden as well, including perennials that were just showing their heads.
No double check. No making certain that the grounds crew could confirm the instructions given. It’s like the advice to everyone on how to cut a piece of wood; measure twice, cut once. I hate to admit the number of times I’ve failed that one. My reaction usually being something like – that’s impossible. I know I measured it correctly. Yet there I am, off by a couple of centimeters. And it’s infuriating because I know I should have checked. And I want to blame anyone but myself.
Where it shows up in writing is as follows: in college you fail to understand what your professor wants in response to an essay question. For a business client, you fail to have certainty on what that request for a proposal is designed to achieve.
Why don’t we check?
Well, we think we know. We don’t want to ask our professor again, or that busy client. We’d probably embarrass ourselves and who’d want to risk that? We tell ourselves that we ought to know the answer. And then we make all kinds of assumptions. Oh sure, it’s probably been the correct decision most of the time. But what if it isn’t? What if your assumption is wrong at a critical time? You get a failing grade, you lose the contract.
My point? It’s so easy to double check. Wouldn’t you rather be embarrassed now than fall flat on your face when it really counts? I’ve learned that one the hard way. And if it means getting it right the second time, I’m quite willing to look foolish.
You probably don’t know this but ten years ago I was heavily involved in writing articlesfor Ezine Articles. These articles dealt mainly with my experience in writing and creating for the corporate market. It was natural for me to pass on some of what I’d learned from that work.
Once in a while I go back and revisit what I wrote to see if it stands up today. Overall I’d have to say that it still does. At the same time there are huge changes going on, especially in the number of people choosing to work for themselves. Much of it’s being driven by advances in technology and the ability to work from anywhere. You no longer have to have an office downtown or be committed to working for an employer.
The other factor is the market and the skill sets it requires. If I wanted to work as a writer in some of today’s firms, I would have to upgrade my abilities to work within the technical parameters required. I’d also have to get past some learning traits that I might realistically term dyslexic.
And yet I sometimes feel that the pendulum has swung a little too far into the technical. There’s a tendency to think that taking a social media approach, and relying on that without reference to traditional marketing and advertising is the route to take. Not everybody is going to opt in to a pitch on Google or Facebook. The would-be entrepreneur is not guaranteed a market just because they’re on LinkedIn. They are going to have to trust some traditional methods such as going to where the client hangs out, to a conference or two, to a workshop where you’re hands on and can interact with others.
Where’s the balance you ask? We don’t really know. It’s a work in progress or process. I’ll be taking a closer look at those articles I once wrote to see which ones are relevant. Let’s see if they make sense in today’s market.