(The) First Principle of Writing: We write well when we would willingly experience what our readers do when they read what we’ve written. That puts a burden on us as writers to imagine ourselves as readers.
I could not agree more. I frequently see people criticize their coworkers’ writing and then commit errors even more grievous. Williams’s observation is one of many excellent ones in his book, so I will touch upon a few more in the next six posts.
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