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The Wire: Writing Into Your Arc

Merlin Mann talks about the importance of thinking about your “arc”:

There’s already one arc that you began the minute you made something, called it “done,” then put it someplace where people could see it. How that very, very large story gets told may be too late for you to completely control. Sorry, but that — as Omar would say — is all in the game.

But you very much do have the power to design the arcs you make, starting today. And even if you haven’t figured out how your final episode ends, consider how the pieces you want to lay down might fit together. And how the string that you gather might crack a case you hadn’t expected.

Be the Best, Be discovered

Skelliewag’s Skellie writes about the lessons learned with blogging that I would sum up like this: 

Stop trying to impress others. Stop trying to predict what your readers would like. Stop obssesing about your stats. Write about the things that you would like to read.

She writes:

This is why debut albums are so often a band’s best album, why debut novels are often the best novels, why the Matrix is so much better than Matrix Revolutions. What you think is awesome is usually a million times better than what you think someone else will think is awesome. That’s one of the ugliest sentences you’ll ever read, but it’s also drop-dead true. 

Why Veteran Visionaries will save the World

Clive Thompson over at the new issue of Wired gives very interesting and revealing factoids about the age of tech visionaries and CEO’s:

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation surveyed 652 US-born CEOs and heads of product development who founded high tech firms in the boom (and bust) years of 1995 to 2005. Both the average and median ages were 39 — far older than the mythic dorm-room visionary. Turns out those youthquake pioneers don’t really represent the pack. They’re outliers.