How to Be a Better Writer

Some excellent tips on writing from Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker.

I admit that as a freshman I tried to increase the complexity of my vocabulary. I wanted to use lots of big words (which is what I thought ‘smart’ people did). I did not use most of those words correctly. First tip — don’t increase the complexity of your vocabulary.

“…imagine that you are in a conversation with a reader who is as competent as you are, but happens not to know some things that you know.”


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