Tips for Writing Better

Or, as the article says, 10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly.

It’s not about grammar though. The article IS directed at professors.

My favorite point to ponder:

3. Find a voice; don’t just “get published.” James Buchanan won a Nobel in economics in 1986. One of the questions he asks job candidates is: “What are you writing that will be read 10 years from now? What about 100 years from now?” Someone once asked me that question, and it is pretty intimidating. And embarrassing, because most of us don’t think that way. We focus on “getting published” as if it had nothing to do with writing about ideas or arguments. Paradoxically, if all you are trying to do is “get published,” you may not publish very much. It’s easier to write when you’re interested in what you’re writing about.

Of course, my problem isn’t just getting published. It’s being published somewhere meaningful. I’ve found that I get a little scared sending stuff in each time. The more important the journal, the more scared I am.

I need to work on that.

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