If the politics business hadn’t worked out for Obama, the path he might have chosen
This is an interesting article, politics aside, that I found through a Google Plus connection. I can appreciate what the writer is saying about Obama as an editor, as I find myself being more of an editor as well at times. I’ll read something and say to myself, "No, that’s not quite right. That doesn’t flow well enough…" I’ve often commented to my husband that my lost calling in life was to be a White House speechwriter. The spark was started during my latter years in university when my mentor and favorite professor was being denied tenure. A group of us wrote quite the petition and got many signatures. Alas, the campaign was lost, but it taught me how to craft words in a way I hadn’t tried before. What was best about it was that it was outside of the classroom. I knew no rules…I just helped to create. I still pull out a copy of that petition to the Dean that I wrote with my friends. Dang, we did some really great writing back then. It helps put some perspective in our writing as a whole. I do feel that if you can’t edit, you can’t write. My son has a hard time writing. I often have to have him dictate his ideas to me to type, and then he works diligently at the editing, remolding the words to fit how he sees that they should be. He’s pretty good for a 6th grader!
In between writing this or that, take some time to edit, if you haven’t for a while. You’ll be surprised how much you learn.
See on www.theatlantic.com