When you write, it’s often all too easy to unconsciously assume that the reader has as much knowledge about the subject as you do. The thing is, you’re not writing for yourself, you’re writing for your audience. Most of the time, writers are unaware that the person reading the article might not even appreciate the fundamentals of the topic. We use jargon and sweeping statements, skipping the basics. This stems from what Psychologist Steven Pinker says, is the ‘Curse of Knowledge’ and is the source of most of the bad writing we see. He says –
“The curse of knowledge is the single best explanation of why good people write bad prose. It simply doesn’t occur to the writer that her readers don’t know what she knows—that they can’t divine the missing steps that seem too obvious to mention, have no way to visualize a scene that to her is as clear as day. And so the writer doesn’t bother to explain the jargon, or spell out the logic, or supply the necessary detail.”
It is hard to overcome such a difficult curse, but the respite lies in the fact is that it is not uncommon, says Pinker. As a final word, this is what he has to say –
“Think of the reader over your shoulder, get feedback on your early drafts (preferably from someone not “in the know”), and be sure to edit your own writing after having had a break from it.
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