10 min read · 2020-02-21 · February 2020What should an essay be? Many people would say persuasive. That's what a lot of us were taught essays should be. But I think we can aim for something more ambitious: that an essay should…
Precision and correctness are like opposing forces. It's easy to satisfy one if you ignore the other.
Useful writing tells people something true and important that they didn't already know, and tells them as unequivocally as possible.
You can't ensure that every idea you have is good, but you can ensure that every one you publish is, by simply not publishing the ones that aren't.
From 2015 · There are plenty of folks happy to tell you how to write better, just as any doctor will tell you to “eat right and exercise.” But changing your writing (or eating) habits only happens when you understand why you do what you do. I can help you with that. That proposal or email you wrote must now compete for … Continue reading 10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them →
20+ min read · From 2018 · Orwell advised cutting as many words as possible, Woolf found energy in verbs, and Baldwin aimed for ‘a sentence as clean as a bone’. What can we learn from celebrated authors about the art of writing well?
8 min read · 2020-04-28 · Everyone has a book in them. Everyone also has a crummy inner voice telling them it's never going to happen. This episode will help shut down those distracting voices and get you started writing a…