Craftsmanship: (n) the skill possessed by a craftsman
“Oh…are you still writing your little blogs?” she asked me, having obviously just taken a fresh batch of condescension out of her oven.
I simply replied, “Yes.”
It’s not what I wanted to say.
I yearned to tell her the number of people who were stopping off at my blogs, and even fudge the figures a little higher.
I wanted to point out the power of the written word.
I certainly had an impulse to make her feel smaller—that she was unable to do what I could do.
But I recently have realized that if you’re ashamed of what you’re doing or how small it is, then you’ve reduced your life to a trickle of envy.
I am not envious. Matter of fact, every day when I sit down and write to you, I think about two things:
1. I want to be content with my content.
I want to make sure I’m telling you things that will exhort your journey instead of further exhausting you.
2. I want to honor the craftsmanship that goes into forming a sentence, completing a paragraph and promoting an idea.
I don’t want to sit around and argue about my style or my syntax. Instead, I want to admit that my ideas can always be better presented, with tighter structure and fewer words. It is ironic that the greatest lesson a writer learns is to write less, and then edit even more.
What is the shortest distance between two points? Let me give you a clue. It isn’t a run-on sentence with lots of purple prose. It is finding a way to say it that is easy to comprehend, but still lights a candle in the brain.
It is craftsmanship.
It’s when I watch the plumber working on my toilet, and he’s in the middle of completing the project when he pauses, looks at it carefully, disappears, and then comes back from his truck with another piece. And then he turns to me and says, “It would have been fine with that bolt, but this is going to be much better.”
Goddamn it, if I don’t want to hug him.
So my dear friends, I continue to write my little blogs, and I do it in the pursuit of craftsmanship.
For at 10:42 P. M. every night, this pursuit grants me great peace of mind.
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