What’s it all about?

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Years ago I reluctantly acquiesced to the reality that changing someone else’s writing “because you can” usually does not improve a manuscript. It simply gives you copy that sounds like what you would have written yourself—had you been asked.

Today, after close to 40 years of editorial toil, I welcome that lesson, wishing only that I had accepted it sooner. It informs everything I do in my work, of course, but its unexpected leakage into just about every part of my life has been an unexpected boon.

My hard-won, strong opinions about why humans created words, writing, and pictures, and how they utilize these tools to best effect are not chiseled in stone, however. Perhaps my overall stance on this subject is best summarized this way:

Follow the rules until they trip you up.
When they do, pursue alternative routes;
find those that communicate your stories best, then
perfect what you have learned, caring little who—or what—taught it.
Now you can become a writer.

I invite you to browse this site to see what you think, then let me know, too.

4 thoughts on “What’s it all about?

  1. BHW

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or
    did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to design my own blog
    and would like to know where u got this from. cheers

    1. Brian Hotchkiss Post author

      Thanks for the kind words. The site is built on a WordPress theme (“Twenty-twelve” or something like that), but all the content and positioning is my own work. I found the learning curve fairly steep, but once acquired, things went pretty smoothly. Good luck with your blog.


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