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Rated: E · Essay · Writing · #2179554
Delusions of Competence ...
... or What Made the Accidental Author Think He Could Do This Thing?

I mean, it’s just putting one word after another, right? How hard could that be?

Hard.

Not the writing as such, maybe, but certainly the rewriting, not to mention the re-re-rewriting.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Long before things ever reached the point of words on paper, I had an inkling I could do this thing.

It wasn’t utterly unfounded. I’d published a couple of magazine articles (right around the time of the ill-starred Cosmos episode, in fact), and my day-job as a consultant to a major telecommunications corporation entailed a modicum of what, for want of a better word, one might call creative writing. At least, I’d found it useful to emplant the occasional outré turn of phrase in the otherwise dry-as-dust reports and memoranda I was tasked with drafting — as a way of making sure the intended readership was paying attention.

Or maybe, just maybe, it was all the fault of some stray neutrino passing through my head, as one friend was kind enough to comment. ...

To keep reading, go to https://medium.com/@logrus_74718/the-accidental-author-book-i-part-2-6aa481c1738...
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