I don’t know much about writing. These are mostly notes for myself as I try to improve my writing practices.
Writing is the best way to communicate ideas. It allows thoughts to be presented in their purest form, without all the noise that comes from sensory feedback.
It's also a great feedback loop. If you are not able to translate your ideas into text, it probably means they are not clear in the first place.
Write something down every day as practice, and get better at it.
Here are a few things that I am trying to apply while writing.
Don’t use the word
This assumes too much of the reader. It make things sound just easy, which might not be the case for the reader. I just find that it’s generally more helpful to state things as they are without the
just weight added to it.
Avoid the term
I noticed that that term is often used when the writer either doesn’t have good communication skills or her idea is not very well formed.
When trying to communicate ideas
Usually this term is being used with a simplistic black and white vision of a This term tends to be used in
Some times it’s possible to replace the term
This supposes a personal relationship with the reader. Since I am not a good writer and write technical articles, I prefer to stick to describing the subject instead of mixing identities.
Once you finished installing the package
Once the package has finished installing
Avoid “I think”
I think that “I think” is redundant. It has a flavour of appeal to authority and it’s better to rely on adding meat to arguments and points.
Tools that I use
A great little companion that I use every day. Grammarly lets me know when my text is too negative, which is especially useful on Twitter.
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For long-form writing, this tool gives better feedback on full sentence structures:
Write like a native speaker
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