MANIFESTO, of sortscopywriter
Writing is what writers do.
We don't tweak.
We don't polish.
We don't look it over.
We don't work our magic. (What IS this? We're supposed to work for an adjective?)
We especially don't take a peek.
Taking a peek is when you uncover your eyes and blink at something.
It's not writing.
(Try that on your mechanic sometime: "Just take
a peek at the transmission, willya?")
Sounds like it shouldn't take long or cost much, doesn't it?
We write. You can ask for any of the above tweaks and peeks, what you're
going to get is writing—strategy, vocabulary, usage, structure,
style, tone, picky-poo proofing, and something called judgement.
All of which takes time and the bank insists I charge
for it or they accuse me of not really trying.
Writers wonder why our conscientious—and
frequently life-changing or career-changing—work is described
in lint-flicking terms. Any ideas, supple reader?
And don't think I'm being cold here, cuz I love ya and you know
If you want to discuss this for sport, please contact me
I'm happy to explain with as much charm as necessary.