Air & Light & Time & Space

WritersDiet creator Helen Sword has recently published a new book, Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write (Harvard University Press, 2017), based on interviews with 100 successful academics about their writing backgrounds and practices....

What’s wrong with the Writer’s Diet?

People sometimes write to tell me what’s wrong with the WritersDiet Test. Good writing cannot possibly be reduced to a numerical formula, they protest. Nor can an electronic tool be trusted to make judgments about a matter as complex and subjective as style. I...

The power of metaphor

The Writer’s Diet evolved from a one-page handout that I used to distribute to the students in my undergraduate English classes.  The title was “Writing and Editing Tips” or something equally bland, and my students paid about as much attention to it as they did...