How to Write Well?
Writing when you have some notes and starting is the hard part. Starting out there is lots of enthusiasm, but after a while when this goes away, it’s tough.
It’s easiest to postpone or do other things.
What I try to do is to turn off the Wifi and turn off the phone and force myself for two hours on writing straight (go to a library/outside when you can). It’s so painful, and it doesn’t matter the quality of the writing. It will be bad. But just that in a second phase you can go through and cut out the bad and leave the good.
As many say, just write on, some days you write poor some days better. Don’t worry you will filter them out later.
When I spend a lot of time optimizing an article, and I can see the changes and how the article improves with each edit, that makes me happy every time and is just a magical moment as you never know how it will end up before you do the hard work.
# How to not be terrible
Focus on the Audience and tell a story, here are some pointers on How to not be terrible at writing:
- Always think who is your audience, you can write to them with more specific
- Storytelling: Do things like “Imagine you are a DE at a large company”
“Write like you talk” embodies a polite fiction that sometimes confuses people. What if someone talks in monosyllabic grunts, like some teenagers do? A more precise version would be “write like someone who talks well talks.” [[Paul Graham ]] in Tweet
- Grammarly for checking Grammar
- ChatGPT and other AI to brainstorm, fix errors, and ask for missing content. Never let it generate the text, always submit your text with each request.
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- How to get a Better Writer
- Writing Handbook by Julian Shapiro
- Writing Advice From A16z’s Andrew Chen.
- 10 Years of Professional Blogging – What I’ve Learned at Andrewchen
- Showing by example: How to Write Better Stories in 4 Easy Steps
- The Developer Voice Guide: How To Write Articles Engineers Want To Read