Some advice on writing well for NLP

My former grad student Chris Dyer wrote to me recently to ask if I could remind him of some of the useful editorial advice I'd given him while he was writing his dissertation. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy to think it was valuable enough that he wants to pass it on to his own students. A lot of my process for helping students improve their writing happens in the moment, very much on a case by case basis. But here are a few principles that I think are worth noting.

Strong writing

At this point I realized I was veering into "grumpy old man" territory and decided to stop...