I’m sharing a recent article by Eric Barker in Time Magazine about Writing Tips from Harvards’ Cognitive Scientist and Linguist Steven Pinker:
1. Use easy words. Don't try to outsmart your reader.
2. Assume the reader doesn’t know your world, so use descriptive words.
3. Don’t beat about the bush. Be direct.
4. Stick to the format of your genre and the rules of grammar most of the time. It will make your exceptions exceptional.
5. Read a lot in your genre.
6. Revise until you eliminate every unnecessary word, then revise some more.
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Sunanda Chatterjee is a practicing physician in Southern California. When she is not by the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction.