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Writing is hard. Writing is hard because trying to convey context for a reader using the exact right words without the benefit of auditory cues and visual clues is a challenge. This is why taking the time to find the perfect words becomes such an obsession for the writer.

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There is very little neutrality in writing, both because a writer most often writes from personal experience, and a reader reads through the filter of his or her own perspective. When a writer fails to choose words with special care, the writer and the reader’s worlds can collide with unintended consequences. Misunderstanding can ensure.

There are a lot of complexities in writing, reading and communicating and our all too human emotions play a factor in how we convey our ideas, thoughts and experiences, as well as how we respond to them. I am certainly far from perfect and while I’ve been told that I write well, I also know that there are times I utterly and completely fail to get my point across.

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While writing is hard, a vexing task that requires patience and care, reading sometimes tests our ability to be tolerate, especially when we are unable to remove the filter from which we view the world. It’s not an easy thing to do.

Writing and reading are tangled together and require a give and take toward charitable understanding and the building of mutual respect. Communication takes patience and insight. Instead of jumping to conclusions about the intent of one’s words, it always seems best to ask in order to avoid any potential misunderstanding when the intent seems unclear.

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