Writing is a craft. Whether it is fiction or fact, those of us who write for a living aspire to provide the reader with perfection. Moreover, in the case of non-fiction, we seek to establish trust, based on the accuracy, completeness and currency of the content. But readability is king - I want you to say to yourself - “I get that now. That was easy. Wow!” So, I’ve tried to break down every definition into its simplest possible components. After all, you always start with nothing, a blank page, and end with something.
From my personal experience, I believe that COMMUNICATION is THE paramount skill one can have, even more important than raw intelligence; you can probably learn more from someone with limited knowledge who communicates well than you can from a genius who can’t express himself. Born salespeople and politicians are “great communicators” but not necessarily the brightest people. [Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to be both!] Perfection is a shifting target, especially with an impossibly fast-moving internet publication like this, hence the daily site revisions.
Moreover, perfection requires PRECISION of expression. [I can’t stand it when writing contains misstatements, like reporting the taking down of the CryptoLocker botnet, implying that computer users are safe, but failing to mention that the virus is still out there, waiting to be taken over by another criminal; or showing Axelle Despiegelaire with a photo labeled as a hyena, when in fact it’s an oryx.] As with anything else, whether it’s art, music or math, those who actually achieve this goal are the ones who make it look effortless. I’m still trying. I hope you enjoy your experience on this site.
Finally, you’ll notice a necessary degree of repetition. No apologies there - Repetition is the mother of education. It’s all good.