Sunday, March 1, 2009


This is a hideously overused buzzword, partly because it's a good idea.

A writer told me "I had to send something to my advisor. I'm not thrilled with what I sent her."

My response: this is a win-win situation. Either she likes it, in which case you win, or she doesn't, in which case the two of you agree, so you also win. What could go wrong?

I realized that this is the perfect paradigm: always turn in work that you're not happy with, and then either you get an unexpected good result, or you agree with the reviewer!

(Disclaimer: professional writer on closed course. Always write safely and obey the rules of the styleguide. Unless you're pretty sure your audience won't be upset.)

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