This article by Diane O’Connell is the kind of thing you see, think you’ll glance over and pick up a tidbit of info that might be of help. Then you realize you’ve seriously read the whole thing, paused over several points, and learned ways to improve your writing that you didn’t consciously realized you needed to have drummed into your head.

It’s odd how you can know certain information and utilize it, then come across it spelled out in such a way that you suddenly see new layers to it and know you’ll be a better writer for having read it.

The big takeaway here for me is that it contains the best description I’ve seen of the writer’s dire enemy conjured up by the dreaded “Show, don’t tell.”. We’ve all had that one drummed into us. Yet I now feel I have a better understanding of how exactly to show, not tell. For which I am grateful.

There comes a time when practicing writers can feel they’ve learned everything they need that helps them do what they do. That’s a deceptive feeling. (Perpetrated perhaps by muses who just want to be left alone to do their thing?) There’s always more to be learned. Sure, a lot of it’s useless., but sometimes it may be just the thing needed to make good writing great. It can never hurt to have smart information in the back of your mind.

Plus, stuff like this can be an invaluable reference point, when you’re trying to explain to someone else why what they’re doing can best be done another way. Often people won’t listen to your own opinion, but if you can point the same thing out on the great oracle known as The Internet of Things, it’s a different matter entirely.

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