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21 Critical Life Lessons You Didn't Learn in School (johnplaceonline.com)
19 points by vlad on Aug 8, 2007 | hide | past | favorite | 5 comments

This is surprisingly good. Partly because he used another technique you don't get taught in school: editing.

You're usually trying to make school papers longer. As soon as it's the prescribed length, you're done. But in good writing you do the opposite.

I didn't realize this until I read "On Writing" by Stephen King (http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Stephen-King/dp/0743455967/). An excellent book about the writing process, and even though he talks about writing fiction, it applies to any writing.

The roboticist Marc Raibert also has some good advice on writing. http://www.alice.org/Randy/raibert.htm

His work is very related to AnyBot. You've probably seen that funky walking robotic dog. It's mind blowing http://bdi.com/content/sec.php?section=BigDog

This would have been beneficial to learn in school, but my arrogance would have rendered it useless to me back then.

I graduated seven years ago and my writing still suffers from bad habits I learned writing college papers.

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