Jun 10, 2021

Forget what you learned in school to write better

If you want to be sure that almost nobody reads your writing, write like an academic. If, instead, you actually want to communicate ideas to an audience:

  1. Replace ten dollar words with ten cent words. If someone needs a dictionary to understand you then you have already lost them.
  2. Use less words. There’s no minimum page limit. Most people only have the time and attention for a few sentences so make them count!

I still fall into these traps more often than I’d like. Old habits die hard, I guess. However, use these two rules of thumb to unbrainwash yourself of the bad writing habits you learned in school.