A quote from Ann Althouse quoting Kurt Vonnegut:
Writes Kurt Vonnegut, in an excellent and short essay on writing style. He’s got 7 rules:
1. Find a subject you care about
2. Do not ramble, though
3. Keep it simple
4. Have guts to cut
5. Sound like yourself
6. Say what you mean
7. Pity the readers
Great rules for bloggers, obviously. In fact, these are rules that seem to say: A great way to write is to blog.
I totally agree. Blogging can be a great way to practice the skills of writing without pressure. Though, rule 2 gets me all the time!
Rule number 5 is one that in the sciences we’re browbeaten into suppressing–A key reason non-scientists don’t read science. Nobody wants to read something written by a robot (unless that robot was Bender Bending Rodriguez).