Good Writing

I'm personally not a fan of the author's writing style. You can fetishize minimalism and clarity to the point that it undermines your goal. But the content here is good. In TODO list form, I suggest anyone writing something think through:

  1. Who are you writing to?
  2. Why are you writing to them?
  3. What do you want them to know?
  4. What do they already know?
  5. What style of writing is most effective for this audience and intention?

What remains is to use 5 to describe the difference between 4 and 3 in order to accomplish 2. The primary challenge is that 1 is often not a single person and the wider the audience you choose, the fuzzier all of the subsequent answers become. The single best thing you can do to become a stronger writer is to be courageous about selecting a narrow audience.

-- municifent on Hacker News