The Hard Part About Writing

Psychologist Steven Pinker in his book writes that the root cause of poor writing is what he calls “the curse of knowledge”. Basically the curse of knowledge is when a writer overestimates their readers understanding of an idea — creating confusion to the reader. Sometimes you need to understand one idea to understand the next.

It’s a similar idea Richard Feynman made in my article: 3 steps to learning any new subject.

Originally published at Jean-Luc Boissonneault.

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