Writing At WriteLab, Episode 1
WriteLab just launched, so it seems like a good time to talk about how writing happens here at the office. WriteLab is all about taking charge of your writing and making decisions. Here's a list I've conjured up just now:
- Should we start thinking about planning the next blog post?
- When should we use one word instead of another?
These are only two of the many tough choices we make every day. For instance, we put the "write" in WriteLab after carefully determining that RightLab and RiteLab didn't fit the bill. I'm relieved to say the final vote was unanimous.
We can't be authoritarian or even totalitarian about the things we write here at WriteLab. Sometimes we need your help knowing what not to write. That's why our engineers held weekly poker games for a month to create the feedback button, which you can click whenever you want to tell us anything. Go ahead, try it. We'll respond, because you're like the intern we really, really appreciate but can't afford to pay. Sorry! And thank you.
So right now we write stuff and pitch it over the wall. Sometimes you throw stuff back at us from the other side. As a result, the content team has suffered more than three concussions, or serious headaches, and fewer than two fatalities. But we're grateful for the feedback.
Some of the stuff we write doesn't make it over the wall. It goes elsewhere, to Other, Deep Places. The trash bin in our office continues to not exist, so these sentences and projects retire in a little cardboard box. It is where words pass into absence, darkly. It contains unsung works of genius like "wUber: writing help for Uber customer reviews," and "WriteDrive," a proposal to bolster our fundraising by introducing all four privately owned employee cars into the local taxicab market.