writing less badly

Political scientist Michael Munger gives 10 tips on how to write less badly. My favorites?

#4 Give yourself time. Many smart people tell themselves pathetic lies like, “I do my best work at the last minute.” Look: It’s not true. No one works better under pressure.

#5 Everyone’s unwritten work is brilliant. And the more unwritten it is, the more brilliant it is.

#9 Your most profound thoughts are often wrong. Or, at least, they are not completely correct. Precision in asking your question, or posing your puzzle, will not come easily if the question is hard.

Like PhD comics, they are funny because they are so painfully true. The good news? You are not alone! Fight on.


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