This I learned on writing from Medium
Use everyday language. Be precise. Avoid purely decorative or cool-sounding words. Use images to convey meaning (like a wheelbarrow or a chicken!), but with concrete details, not abstractions. Be direct. Distill meaning to its core.
If there’s one thing you should read on Medium today, I bet this is it. Medium is my inexhaustible resource of good writing. Good writing advices, words to the wise. In Medium, from @Tom Farr , I learned the craft of how best to tell your story. Three steps, no big deal:
- Create an outline.
- Write x words in y minutes and write as much as you can in y minutes. When you do so, turn off your delete/back space key. Follow Hemingway’s advice, “Write drunk, edit sober”. Doesn’t matter.
- Then edit.
Then I learned that my first draft can be anything I like, it does not matter. Write the first draft with beginner’s mind. Then edit it three times. The first time by just correcting and re-writing it. The second time adding research, harshly critiquing it. The third time refining it further.
Then, … let it go! Let go of it. Release it in the wild. Your writing is for others. Not yours to hoard.
The quote I started with has a parent essay. Please read it. That article is another master class on writing in Medium.