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  • Writer's pictureClarke Wallace

I had a desk in my small home office which sucked up

whatever I put on it. Until I couldn’t find anything I wanted

in the mess I’d created.

                I talk myself into thinking the solution was a larger desk.

Not new or expensive. Yet one big and wide enough to do the job.

I had come into Toronto from Woodbridge to poke around

in the older business district to see what might be available.

I was surprised when I found what I wanted in an old

antique shop. It was an old pine desk. Seven feet long and

four feet wide.

I shook it to see if it wobbled. Brought on when one old leg

over time is shorter than the other three. No wobble. And sturdy.

It had two large drawers on the same side. Perfect.            

Author’s comment: There was a problem. How to get it home.

I’d come in my two-door Miata sports car not thinking  I’d find

what I wanted. In one trip. I tied it down on the Miata with both

ends going well out beyond the car. I got it home in one piece.

More good luck than good management.

  • Writer's pictureClarke Wallace

That’s what takes time. The editing. A lifesaver! No

matter what you write; a note to someone or something

longer, it plays a big part in how others see you. Sloppy

writing tells them you don’t take yourself seriously.

                Most important is getting  the spelling right. But you’ve

written down what you ‘ve want to say in as few words as possible.


           Writing anything, a manuscript, a short piece of prose,

takes a lot of rewriting to get it right. Putting what you

want to say in the shortest way. No one wants to read your

five pages if you can get it done in one page.

Editing is key for a writer. Building thoughts on what  

you want to say is important. Then read over what you’ve

written again and again.  Make corrections. No spelling mistakes.

Having someone whose judgment you trust to read what you’ve

written might be helpful.

A second opinion would be helpful:. Might  being the operative

word. But don’t let it put you off.

Writer’s comment: As my father, a clergyman, would say :‘Poor is

the man (the woman) who can’t spell a word more than one way.’

        I’ve taken his advice to heart. Being a lousy speller myself.

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