The Tidying Process

I don’t like to write.

I said this way too many times to believe to be blogging now. While reading a book on writing, I have come to know that it is the tidying process that I love. This is how it goes —

I don’t like to write (I like to have written). But I love to rewrite. I especially like to cut: to press the DELETE key and see an unnecessary word or phrase or sentence vanish into electricity. I like to replace a humdrum word with one that has more precision or colour. I like to strengthen transition between one sentence and another. I like to rephrase a drab sentence to give it a more pleasing rhythm or a more graceful musical line. With every small refinement I feel that I’m coming nearer to where I would like to arrive, and when I finally get there I know it was the rewriting, not the writing, that won the game. — On Writing Well, William Zinsser

It has been a very good read so far. Abhishek introduced me to this book and to several good things about design and writing.

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For the longest time I have been wanting to learn HTML and CSS. With bits of reading I can manage to edit scripts but can’t design a page from scratch. The above lines inspired me enough to start learning it again and here’s the first step. Very basic, but when you start typing tags on your own, it’s powerful stuff :P

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