Early life[ edit ] Brooks was born in the rural Midwestern town of Sterling, Illinoisand spent a large part of his life living there. He was a practicing attorney before becoming a full-time author.
It generated fascinating discussion both in my email inbox and the post comment thread.
To help prod this discussion forward, I thought it might be useful if I try not necessarily successfully to respond to a few of the more common concerns I heard about the hAPI concept… Concern 1: Human APIs would induce stultifying bureaucracy.
The idea of implementing strict routines for professional interaction conjures hellish images of TPS reports and forms filled out in triplicate.
This is a reasonable fear. To create a bureaucracy, however, requires more than just a commitment to systems, but also an obsession with these systems that becomes divorced from the actual objectives of the organization.
This requires special circumstances, such as an organization becoming large and slow enough, with sparse enough competition, that it can support ranks of career bureaucrats without promptly going out of business.
Keep in mind, for example, that the original Ford assembly line was incredibly systematic and rigid as compared to their older method for building cars, but this structure yielded, at least at first, a much more profitable and dynamic company.
You can access over a decade's worth of posts in the blog archive.Jun 02, · Retirement: 5 best tips from my time at USA TODAY. It's really hard to believe. Has it really been 2½ years since I started writing this column?
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Only occasionally does Brooks linger long enough on a topic to provide valuable tips, and so much of this narrative is relevant to his experience alone that creative writing students might have difficulty applying his advice to their own struggles with craft, technique, and the creative writing process.
5 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance. "And I've noticed that when I don't exercise because I'm trying to squeeze in another half hour of writing, I don't feel as alert." Brooks recommends. Check out any course catalog at your local college, university, or community center, and chances are, there will be a class about writing fiction or creating a novel.
Writing well is easily one of the most sought-after and useful skills in the business world. Ironically, it is one of the rarest and most undervalued skills among students, and few professors have the time, resources, or skills to teach writing skills effectively.