Tools and inspiration

Writing advice

Cal Newport in Deep Questions 214 on the structure of a good article.

  1. Illuminating example
  2. β€œNutgraph”—present your central thesis connected to the example
  3. Go into detail why your thesis is true

This creates narrative tension.

Words to avoid

  • Avoid adverbs
  • Avoid adjectives
  • Weak verbs: β€œhas” and β€œis”

Writing heroes

These are some of the people whose writing style I like. When left to myself I write stiffly. These here make writing seem fun (and reading even more). In the spirit of Steal from your heroes, I constantly look for ways to rip off them.