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.

8 thoughts on “What’s it all about?

  1. comment perdre du poids

    I am really loving the theme/design of your site.
    Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems?
    A few of my blog readers have complained about my
    site not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great
    in Safari. Do you have any advice to help fix this issue?

    Reply
    1. Peter Blaiwas

      So far, no one has brought that to my attention, but I can’t say with 100% certainty that such troubles don’t exist. A WordPress-friendly plugin called MobileView is installed, so that’s likely responsible for the relative ease in translation from platform to platform. Good luck with resolving this issue.

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  2. Johny Jackson

    Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic
    but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site?
    I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues
    with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be fantastic if you could point me in the direction of a
    good platform.

    Reply
    1. Peter Blaiwas

      I wish I could tell you something you don’t already know, but my site is on WordPress as well. A trusted colleague and fellow disgruntled WordPress user has been raving about Weebly, but I have no personal experience with it. Good luck in your search.

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  3. 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

    Reply
    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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