I use IT in nearly every part of my working and personal life.
I’m sad to say it but I spend most of my waking hours looking at a screen like most modern professionals.
Much of this means I have to use the written word.
I read voraciously but do have to re-read things to make sure that I have not skipped important information or misread something.
I am a curious person and the internet is full of things that hold great fascination for me, I am therefore resolved to the fact that the effort of reading is well worth the perspiration.
It’s writing that is really painful for me.
This pain is not entirely metaphorical I used to grip my pen so hard as a kid that my hand would cramp.
Computers and assistive technology have helped considerably. I frequently use speech recognition, word prediction and would be lost without spellcheckers. But they don’t completely remove the trauma of writing anything longer than a few sentences.
Colleagues may have noticed my keenness to switch from instant messaging to a voice call. This is no coincidence I can express myself better when I’m speaking.
Of course not everything can be cut down to a short message or voice call, so I am forced to write.
If speaking is easier why write?
I push myself to write as I am now because I have ideas that I want to share.
Because writing is painful I think long and hard before I start writing – I have been thinking about this post for days now.
This means that my ideas take shape before I write not during the writing, although the process allows me to refine them.
I am mindful of the difficulty some people have reading so want to ensure that what I write can be understood. I am careful and ponderous thinking hard about my choice of words and I try to convey ideas concisely.
Because I am more likely to have made spelling mistakes and typos I dedicate time to proofing and editing. This is arduous as proofreading is notoriously hard for dyslexics.
Ultimately the effort of editing and proofing is worthwhile as I can check that my message gets across as intended.
Writing is like good whiskey.
If it takes time to produce it’s probably going to be worth the wait.
I believe that ultimately the lengthy fermentation of ideas, barriers to writing and discipline to craft words into something meaningful make for something that is worth reading.
I hope that you’ll agree.