Steven Pinker is a linguist and psychologist who teachers at Harvard University. He’s most famously known for his popular-science book on linguistics titled The Language Instinct among other books on cognitive science. In my classes, however, I most often use the style guide The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century he published a few years back–a book on writing that is grounded in the science and principles of linguistics. Below I collected a thread he tweeted on January 13th in which he condensed the recommendations of his style-guide into 13 rules.
If you’d like to hear him expound on his advice, you can watch him do so in the video below, which I often show in my master’s preparation ESL classes.