Recently I was reminded of the most memorable saying of Pogo, the 1950ish cartoon possum with keen insight: “We met the enemy and he is us.” I wondered…Can writers be their own worst enemy? Do writers cling to concepts, ideas, or methods that preclude successful documents?

My answer is obvious. If I didn't think so, I wouldn't be writing this column.

Consider voice, a term that in this context does not represent the pitch of a Pavarotti but the relationship of subject and verb. Do you feel writing in active voice is wrong because active voice is subjective? That reasoning...

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