One of the secrets of writing that I’ve come to appreciate over the years is knowing what to leave out. This starts with deciding what topics are in-scope versus out-of-scope, and then for the selected scope, knowing what’s important to say and what can go unstated. The best (and most entertaining) discussion of this topic I’ve come across is John McPhee’s Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, a book that helped me appreciate how much of my job as a CS Professor was spent practicing (as a researcher) and teaching (as an advisor) Creative Nonfiction.
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