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Hazards of Writing Non-Fiction

For decades, I’ve done private writing for audiences of one. Very short pieces.

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  • Scene Studies
  • Abstracts.
  • 30-second talks.
  • Personals’ ads.

Often work that was incorporated into large pieces and re-used with permission and without attribution in works for a large audience.

Mainly these pieces captured an idea or dream that some individual was desperately failing to communicate and whether or not it was usefully reused, it gave them a chance to feel heard and understood.

Recently, I started writing blog pieces here for a somewhat larger audience.

From this, I am having a new and problematic experience. As I create this draft, I wish I were still asleep. It is well before sunrise. I was awoken by an idea about United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5: gender equality. (SDG5)

I am not nearly alert enough to write the piece. If I wrote it right now it would be 4 long pieces with no more useful information than the one short pieces will ultimately have, but until I wrote down the sixty words of notes, I expect that even the strongest sleeping pills in the world would have been useless.

Do all writers go through this?

Is it just part of the hazards?

Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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