[Did you miss me? I had a one-fall wrestling match with cancer, and I won. So, I'm back to harass you and improve your writing.]

When I travel to give a short-course on technical writing, I use the flight as my last stage of preparation and get into the mood for teaching. I visit a valued, old friend: my dog-eared copy of George Gopen and Judith Swan's 1990 article, “The Science of Scientific Writing” (American Scientist). I've said it before: This article is superb; it sets a mental pattern for creating readable writing. Where other articles struggle with...

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