In my podcast yesterday, I shared my final lesson-learned from Art & Fear, which was that flaws are useful in making art. I always end the podcast with a writing tip, so you to look over your early work and find pieces where you didn’t live up to your intention.
This blog is nearly 20 years old, so I have a lot of old, flawed posts. For the rest of the week, I’m going to look for posts that had a good idea, but didn’t do a good job of expressing it.
Here is the process that I’m going to apply:
- Find a post that feels like it has no point, just a bunch of related ideas. (I have a lot of these)
- Figure out the single message or takeaway I wanted to convey.
- Remove everything that isn’t part of that message.
- Reorder the text to make it clear what the point of the post is as soon as possible.
- Title it to support that message.
- Add whatever else it might need to convey that single message.
- Make it more specific to my intended audience: software developers and managers.
It’s what I try to do now in new posts. I outlined this approach in Write While True Episode 5: Audience and Message.