JEFF PEARLMAN

Coming October 2022: "The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson"

Skipping a year

So as most people here know, I’m writing a biography of a legendary football player who enjoyed a lengthy career.

Debate of the day: Is it OK to skip years? Maybe not skip entirely, but jump past a couple of seasons in a paragraph or two? Like, seasons when he played well and the team was OK, but nothing otherworldly happened? Thoughts …

Truth is, I have about 160,000 words to work with. I’ve written 109,646. And he’s not nearly retired …

Like too many closers, it’s a good problem to have.

But it’s still a problem.

PS: Serious question: Do y’all enjoy when I get into the writing process here? Or is it dull?