Book Club June 25, 2020

"Writing without Bullshit" changed how I write everything.

Bryce Vernon @BryceV

Bullshit writing is communication that wastes the reader’s time by failing to communicate clearly and accurately.

Treat your readers' time as more valuable than your own.

  • Start boldly with a summary sentence
  • Use fewer words
  • Always edit the first draft
  • Once you figure out what you mean - rewrite
  • Don’t use passive voice
  • Don’t use jargon
  • Get rid of weasel words like most, some, frequently, often

If you use writing in your work, read this book to learn how to make your words count.

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    Agree with all points, except the last one. Those are only weasel words if you use them in their weasel context.

    E.g.

    • most experts believe
    • some developers suggest
    • it was often described as
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    I would say: "always edit the fifth draft. Then, edit more".

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      Nice. It's wild to think so much of the content we consume is not edited at all!

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    This is been on my list to read! Looks like i gotta start it soon.

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      It's a quick read :)

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    Charles Bukowski style!

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      Businesses can really benefit from writing in Bukowski's style.

      Whether they benefit from writing on Bukowski's subject matter? That's an experiment I would pay attention to.... lol

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