Writer, what’s your validating artifact?

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That I might have a validating artifact never occurred to me until I read this on Mark Baker’s blog, Every Page is Page One:

“…our validating artifact should not be the document, but the living human being who once did not understand and now does.”

Substitute any number of other words for “document” – novel, memoir, biography, song, presentation, even blog post – and that is still a damn fine artifact.

If your reader doesn’t come away with something new, you have failed.

No pressure…

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