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Embrace your inner editor

Embrace your inner editor

A friend told me the other day that she writes down all the oddball things her colleagues say and then, at the end of the day, she sifts through for inspired ideas. I LOVE this notion.

We always benefit when we become stronger editors. One way to practice your editing chops is to collect a lot of something (ideas from colleagues, ways to make pie crust, black suede booties) and pick among them. Cross off contenders as you disqualify them from your top three spots. This is editing. You’re reducing a set of something loosely connected into a clear, coherent point of view that is easily understood by others.

And who are you to edit? Well, you’re you. And it’s weird for you to not form an opinion of your own, so go through the motions until it feels natural.

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