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Comment of the Fortnight
30 August 1998
Writer's Confusion

I've spent most of the weekend working on an article about Dynamic HTML, the Document Object Model, and web standards. Let me tell you, it has been a frustrating weekend. I know what I want to say -- I have the basic information; I just can't seem to find the hook to put it together in a clear, concise way.

I spent a lot of time on three pages; the JavaScript for one of them took me about an hour to write and test. Unfortunately, the pages didn't really advance the plot. The bad news is that I still tried to salvage them (twice) because I wasn't willing to give up the time I'd invested. The good news is that I finally wised up, recognized a lost cause when I saw it, and trashed the pages.

In any case, I shall continue to work on the article as time permits, and I will certainly let you all know when it's ready.

And now, the silly question of the fortnight:

Do professional writers go through this sort of angst all the time?

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