Once a month my family goes to Chez Elena Wu for Wednesday night dinner. Reasons:

  • It’s two minutes from my husband’s office.
  • Mom’s weeknight cooking break.
  • Wonton soup.
  • Soft-shell crabs permanently on the menu!
  • Fortune cookies.
  • Fortune cookie fortunes.

In fact, breaking open the cookies and sharing our respective fortunes is a ritual. I read first, Ken is second and our son Ethan goes last.

The fortunes are often laughably silly (and grammatically incorrect). But every now and then a gem appears, as it did last Wednesday for Ethan:


“Good writing is clear thinking made visible.”

WOW! I cannot think of a more concise explanation of what I do, and why I love doing it.

When agonizing over that bit of content (for a book, website, social media, blog, marketing, email) to get the message just right, think of this fortune cookie jewel. Focus on the anticipated, splendid results of your writing and editing efforts!

(Writing) Truth in Fortune Cookies

by Pamela Barroway time to read: 1 min