I once heard an editor say that developing writers comes to a point where they stop doing most things wrong but aren’t yet doing enough things right. As a writer improves, learning to write better gets slower.
The Pareto Principle
I see this as related to the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule. That rule says things like 20% of the people make 80% of the problems, or the last 20% of the effort makes 80% of the difference, or 20% of the books account for 80% of the library’s checkout. It’s interesting how often that breakdown is useful to thinking about how events work out. Continue reading “Doing Things Right”