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.
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?
10 min read · From 2016 · 31 Aug 2014 | revision history Introduction | The Seven Rules | Tips Introduction: Why good commit messages matter If you browse the log of any random Git repository, you will probably find its commit…