I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and I am a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a B.S. in Life Sciences Communication and a certificate in Digital Studies. Besides my obvious love for Madison, I enjoy creating content. More specifically, I like to turn complex topics into clear, understandable language. It could be for a manual, website, info-graphic, or a Mother's Day card. I live for the "aha!" moment that only arrives after you've come up with the perfect way to describe what's been stuck inside your head.
When I was in grade school, my teacher, Mrs. R, gave my classmates and me an assignment I'll never forget - make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Not literally, of course. She wanted us to write down the steps to make a PB&J. One by one, we stood confidently with our instructions and read them out loud to the class. Mrs. R followed along in the front of the room and constructed the sandwich we made on paper. Many students left out steps that weren't important enough for them to remember or they assumed were common sense. They didn't tell her to open the jelly jar or explain the peanut butter should be spread over the bread instead of left in a clump in the middle. One student was able to guide Mrs. R through to a perfect PB&J. The rest of us sat furiously fixing our errors in hopes we would get another chance. Eventually with trial and error, the whole class had a satisfactory peanut butter and jelly in hand.
I've found writing for other complex topics is not unlike writing about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches: don't assume, research your content, and enjoy.
If you're one of the "get straight to the point" kinds of folk, don't worry. I understand you.