In his book “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century”, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker has addressed questions around why writing is difficult.

Like why so much writing is hard to understand, why a typical reader struggles to follow academic articles, or any document laced with jargon.

The root cause of bad writing is what he terms “the Curse of Knowledge”, which means a difficulty in imagining what it is like for someone to not know something that you do.

The key is to be a considerate writer and cultivate the habit of adding a few words of explanation to common technical terms.

Any writer who does this improves his readership at scale.

Credits: Garry() on Twitter

TO DO: Read The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

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