It's April. And in many parts of the world that means only one thing: Tax season. (Cue scary music.) This means I've been busy flattening out crumpled bits of paper, desperately trying to locate missing receipts, and wondering, why, exactly, I spent $169.95 at Office Depot on August 19, 2013. But finally, after more than a week of alternating between despair ("this is awful; I'll never get it done") and giddiness ("hey, my columns actually balanced!"), I finally had everything in shipshape for my patient accountant.
As I couriered the big envelope to his office, it occurred to me that preparing for the taxman (or woman) actually offers three important lessons in how to approach writing.