You may not know this about me, but I teach professional writing at the University level, and I love it! There is a practicality to this writing style that aligns with daily aesthetic, a sense of order and audience awareness that, in the vast openness that is the creative path, offers my brain relief. Not sure where to start? Consider your audience. Identify your purpose. Find a way to deliver information that is quick and easy to digest (and use headings and lists because that often helps!). In this way, professional writing realm really can resemble that plug and chug formula that (yes, I admit) I sometimes crave. (So, before you get all huffy, dude, I know…the prof writing forms can still have style and personality, but you and I both know that we can churn out, oh, say a blog post, in a matter of hours (or days if we are being a bit picky) while a story or essay or poem can take us years upon years to complete…and then more years to have someone decide to publish it…)
Anyway, this is all to say that my two worlds – the professional writing world and the creative writing world – rarely intersect. And yet, the practical professional writing approach CAN help us creative types approach our own work better.
And so, today, I want to offer advice I learned from my course readings about working in teams. Continue reading