As a parent, I read a lot of children’s books. Each time I pick up one of these literary masterpieces, I can’t help but stare at amazement at the words in front of me. It’s hard to believe that such a delightful work of art was conceived of, written, edited, printed, distributed, and sold by and to adults.
Writing on a computer is an inherently distracting experience. Words you type have to constantly compete for your eye share against all kinds of menus, toolbars, windows, popups, tray icons, and so on. With so much going on, it’s often difficult to write more than five words before launching into a major reformatting expedition.