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Julian Shapiro's popular guide on writing — Rebutted

Welcome

To write well is to think clearly.

If you can think clearly, you can find something worth saying.

An ideal place to start is thinking through what bothers you most in life. Then write a post that works through the issue. The best writing is therapy that you publish for the world to learn from.

https://www.julian.com/guide/write/intro

Welcome

Wasted heading. What website doesn't welcome readers? An offline one.

To write well is to think clearly.

No, it's to communicate well. There is beautifully-written nonsense.

If you can think clearly, you can find something worth saying.

Meaninglessly asserts a relationship between two ambiguous thresholds. A vague thought not worth saying!

An ideal place to start is thinking through what bothers you most in life.

No. That problem is likely too difficult. The correct essay topic is whatever thought won't go away until it's written down.

The best writing is therapy that you publish for the world to learn from.

False: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_books

That's where I stopped reading.

I know what Julian's trying to express. My Pubmind-T3 blogs are for publishing early and often, which is a best practice. But without Textmind (or David Allen's GTD), thinking in essays would be a frustratingly overloaded affordance.

The real war of writing is won in editing. Good writing, like clear thought, is reliably produced only via sound process.

What Julian's proved is that flattery sells. Taking a reader on a journey through clear, interesting and encouraging thoughts flatters his intelligence, particularly when the message is that he is enough as he is.

My message differs: The reader is not enough. In post-modernity, no one is.

So do the hard work necessary to evolve into a cognitive cyborg, and let's get off this Darwin-forsaken rock before AI eats our souls.

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