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Who does all the work?

August 16, 2010

The unfairness of the writing process is such that it is hardly surprising writing can be hard work, especially if we are wrestling with a complex subject. Or even a simple subject that needs to be expressed clearly. In the writer-reader relationship it is the writer who has to do all the work. As soon as I have to make an effort (see Re-reading – good or bad?) then, at best, I lose interest, at worst, I become annoyed and stop reading.


  • As a writer I have no excuse – I must do all the work.
  • The reader must do as little work as possible – just follow the argument or story, and absorb the ideas.

The good news is: if the reader is not distracted by effort then the reader is under your control (see The driving seat – the only place for the writer.).

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