Tag: writing (page 1 of 6)

One sentence per line

This is spectacularly simple advice from Derek Sivers. I immediately used the approach after reading this article for a script I was writing for a screencast and it really helped!

My advice to anyone who writes: Try writing one sentence per line. I’ve been doing it for twenty years, and it improved my writing more than anything else.

New sentence? Hit [Enter]. New line.

Not publishing one sentence per line, no. Write like this for your eyes only. HTML or Markdown combine separate lines into one paragraph.

Source: writing one sentence per line | Derek Sivers

Subscriber count as power level against algorithmic demons

I’ve done a lot of writing for work this week and needed to hear some of the things in this post by Justin Murphy. Great stuff.

Mustering the discipline to write on a regular basis is a battle against yourself, against your own feeling that it doesn’t matter.

Finding the will to click the publish button is a battle against yourself, against your own feeling that it’s not worth it.

You feel nervous about what your readers will think, but that makes no sense. They subscribed to you because they want to know what you think; you have zero reason to care what they think. If you really care what your readers think, then go subscribe to them. You are not subscribed to your readers because you do not care what they think. Now act like it.

Source: Writing is a Single-Player Game | Other Life

What makes writing more readable?

I had the pleasure of interviewing Georgia Bullen, Executive Director of Simply Secure yesterday. I noticed that her website links to an active RSS feed from her Instapaper account, which I immediately added to my feed reader.

My first gleaning from that feed came today, when I came across this clever website which not just explains, but shows how to make writing more readable. Highly recommended.

Technology alone isn’t the answer. Even the most thoughtful algorithms and robust data sets lack context. Ultimately, the effectiveness of plain language translations comes down to engagement with your audience. Engagement that doesn’t make assumptions about what the audience understands, but will instead ask them to find out. Engagement that’s willing to work directly with people with disabilities or limited access to education, and not through intermediaries. As disabled advocates and organizations led by disabled people have been saying all along: “Nothing about us without us.”

…and the plain language version:

Source: What makes writing more readable? | pudding.cool