Are you familiar with the #TBT meme on social media? It’s shorthand for “Throwback Thursday” and it’s an opportunity to post old pictures of yourself and your friends in an attempt to make you look good and them look bad. At the Half Moon Bay Review, we use the #TBT hashtag as an excuse to post photos from our archives on Instagram. People seem to like it and I think it points out our longevity as a brand.
Well, Poynter writing coach Roy Peter Clark had the good idea of bringing the concept to your own writing. (Stop right there. If you don’t follow Clark’s thoughts online you are really missing out. He’s super. OK, go on.) He suggests going back and rereading a piece of your old writing and looking at it with fresh eyes. What works? What makes you cringe? Do you see evidence of you in your work? If you didn’t know it was yours, could you spot it as your work?
I’m finding that, for the most part, my voice has been intact for as far back as I care to look.
July 19, 1993
By Clay Lambert
New Atlanta Braves first baseman Fred McGriff goes by the nickname “Crime Dog,” but on Monday, as flames billowed from the press box at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the team would have gladly traded him for a single firefighter’s Dalmatian. …