Back story


I work in the corporate sector, and have done so for decades. Among other things I write business letters, proposals, policies, reports and board papers. Tedious, necessary, fit-for-purpose documents. Read, then filed.

Thing is, I like writing. Just not the sort of writing my day job demands.

What

Through this website, I practice my writing skills. Fiction and nonfiction. Correct and clear English (the Australian variant).

How short? 350 words or thereabouts (one page in a paperback book). Well, that’s the target. Some posts are shorter. Some are waaaay longer.

How simple? A Flesch-Kincaid score of 70 or more (good for a 7th grade student).

How succinct? There’s no easy measure. But as I improve, I want to write about more complex topics. And it’s nice to know I’m not the only one that struggles with verbosity.

I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.

Blaise Pascal (trans)

Why

I write ti practice and improve my writing skills and my thinking. There’s a little more detail in this post, but in summary…

I want to clarify and deepen my thinking about things because in this distracted era, it’s too easy to be superficial. Just as importantly, I want to be able to communicate that thinking through words that are succinct yet simply understood.

How

When my writing is publicly accessible, I’m encouraged to make my work as good as it can be. If it just stays in a journal, seen by no-one, it tends towards half-arsedness.

So I put it on this website, hosted by wordpress.com. This is not a perfect solution, but it’s good enough for starters. For example, you will see advertisements that are not under my control.

The theme is the free Penscratch 2 theme by Automattic. It’s operating exactly as it came out of the box – no font changes, no tweaks, nothing. It looks okay on mobiles and tablets, too. I’m no designer – safest to leave it alone.

Thanks for reading.

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Photo by Tyler Milligan on Unsplash. This post is 341 words.

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4 thoughts on “Back story

  1. like that your about page says – back story – we all have a story – just how much of it we want to tell or is true – writers are a weird lot. found you on 3LT – will be back to read more!

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  2. Hi Singledust. It’s been a while, hasn’t it! I never answered because I wanted to keep this site separate from my work – but your request does deserve a response, and I’ve been feeling guilty for ages… so here ya go.
    I am VP of a mid sized, privately owned multinational. I’m Australian but live (mostly) in Indonesia, and I travel frequently throughout Asia, Africa and Central/ South America.
    Originally trained as an engineer, and my post grads are in engineering and business administration. Also a qualified company director.
    My favoured weaponry is Scrivener and (for first drafts) paper and a delightful ‘Sailor’ fountain pen. I almost always draft on paper, because the speed I write is about the speed my brain works.
    Now, to your other questions.
    My work does inspire this website, but in a negative way (if that makes sense). This site balances out my corporate writing. Negative in the sense that I can write content that’s absolutely not business oriented. It’s nice to jump out of the box now and then!
    So the focus is anti business writing, and I plan to clean out anything that presents like business writing. There are some remnant (earlier) posts that will shortly disappear! Going forward, I plan to focus on 3LT (can’t believe Sonya is up to week 78!), Jeff’s ‘my500words’ and any other writing challenge that takes my fancy.

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