Steven Pinker is psycholoog aan Harvard en succesvol schrijver. Hij deelde 13 schrijftips in een interview.
- Prose is a window onto the world. Let your readers see what you are seeing by using visual, concrete language.
- Let verbs be verbs. “Appear,” not “make an appearance.”
- Omit needless words (Will Strunk was right about this).
- Avoid clichés like the plague (thanks, William Safire).
- Old information at the beginning of the sentence, new information at the end.
- Save the heaviest for last: a complex phrase should go at the end of the sentence.
- Prose must cohere: readers must know how each sentence is related to the preceding one. If it’s not obvious, use “that is, for example, in general, on the other hand, nevertheless, as a result, because, nonetheless,” or “despite.”