Writing and Editing as Art and Science

In late April my third-grader received homework relating to the elementary school’s annual “Science Matters Day”: explaining how music and sound relates to science.

We are a household of science buffs, so with customary gusto my son and I scoured the internet for sources that could inform his answer….

Cracking those BAD BAD BAD Business Habits

Over the years I’ve picked up a bad habit or two (or three or four). Like most human beings, I can rationalize my way around, over and through them.

But when problematic tendencies start adversely impacting one’s work, clients, coworkers and peers WILL notice … if they haven’t already. Remember, it only takes one disgruntled customer review on social media to inform the whole world….

(Writing) Truth in Fortune Cookies

Once a month my family goes to Chez Elena Wu for Wednesday night dinner. Reasons:

● It’s two minutes from my husband’s office.
● Mom’s weeknight cooking break.
● Wonton soup.
● Soft-shell crabs permanently on the menu!
● Fortune cookies.
● Fortune cookie fortunes…

It’s 2016 … Straighten Up and Stride Forward!

Exactly one week and a day ago, I was wandering around the Palm Beach Zoo (in Florida) with my husband and son, enjoying 80-plus degree winter/holiday break weather. Not thinking about work. At. All.

After three relaxing hours (except for the bugs), I took the following photo as we were leaving…

To know what you REALLY wrote? Record, replay, LISTEN!

Back in July on LinkedIn, I shared the following 10-step technique for out-loud proofreading that works with any and all types of copy:

1. Print out a copy of your writing.
2. Grab your favorite pen.
3. Read aloud to yourself slowly…

When writing and editing … remember to have fun!

Carefully considering topic, tone and audience; setting precious time aside to write, and rewrite; agonizing over edits to reach the final version.

Wow. That’s some serious mental gymnastics. So … does “delight” still enter your blogging equation….