Online Writing is Different

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Spurred ever onward by a recent resource, I had to ponder the encounter with an older me running into a younger me.

It is a scary encounter, but I was brave — or foolish — enough to include some previously unpublished, very early writing. Some of it predates the internets. I might not be proud of all my children, but I like some of the rough-hewn corners, still present.

Sort of begs a question if I “spill more ink,” in a metaphorical sense, about Drawer for Wishes than is contained in the book. True, one story was written on a phone, and one story predates the internet, conceived and executed before I left the confines of the university. One story summarily rejected by high-brow literary circles.

So I do run into a former version of myself. It’s not always bad, and I can marvel at some invention.

Part of that is workflow, and part of that is a gradual honing of my craft. I’ll never be a better writer, but I don’t stop trying to make improvements. Better skills, more tightly-wound prose. Exercise the visual muscles, it all works into the equation.

Since my adult writing career is primarily focused online, maybe a dozen years ago, I quit trying to crack the code for print, since I write solely online? I’m tailored for it. Naturally tailored for online.

What has changed is that I work at being more concise these days.

There is a precision required, or so it seems, and yet, space, too, without a lumbering word count, or worse, column-inches dictating the story’s length.

At the risk of being branded a sexist pig, oink, I am, the expression I heard?

“Like a (female’s) skirt, long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting.”

Hat tip to a certain professor. That kind of sexist banter would probably not be allowed these days. and its family of websites participate in affiliate programs, which means there are material connections between the ads, and this site. for appearances —
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