Curing the Curse of Knowledge


Co-written with Matthew Jordan; cross-posted from Curing the Curse. Published 2020-08-01.

Even the most brilliant people struggle to write clearly. The reason is the Curse of Knowledge: once you know something, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like not to know it. Curing the Curse of Knowledge is a series of lessons that will help you better anticipate your readers’ states of mind.

  1. The curse
  2. Reader-centric writing
  3. Bottom-up explanations
  4. Beware noun phrases
  5. Seek feedback

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