Stuffy Writing

Lifehacker just linked to a very interesting article on writing in a conversational style:

Unless the book is a reference book, where precision matters over understanding, and the writing is meant to be referred to not read and learned from, there are almost NO good reasons for a tech book to be written in a formal (i.e. non-conversational) style. Much of the time, it’s an indication that the author is thinking way too much about himself, and how he will be perceived.

I agree 🙂 The article has a very interesting comparison in which two paragraphs of identical content are written ‘formally’ and ‘conversationally’, and the difference is quite remarkable.