Word Wise: The Presumption Trap

We writers—whether we’re building an argument or documenting a procedure or creating a lookup table—must give up the fantasy of easy acceptance if we want to avoid the Presumption Trap. We must suspend the illusion of like-mindedness, of oneness with our readers. We must detach ourselves and acknowledge that readers see what we write in their own ways. We can presume only one thing about readers: that we can't presume anything. Continue reading ...

Word Wise: Say One Thing

According to the bestselling book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, if you want your message to stick, you must first figure out the one thing you want to say. Then, say that one thing. How hard could it be to say just one thing? Hard. Remember your English teacher scribbling in your margin, "Where's your thesis statement?" Busted! Continue reading ...