Hard to Write

I am not going to lie; it has been hard to focus on writing these days. I do have things to write about, but unless the writing is less than 1,000 words, it is hard for me to finish and publish it.

For the past year, I have been writing a reflection for high school students about my undergrad path in Computer Science. Coming in at close to 22,000 words, I am not close to done. I still have three more years to cover.

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To plan my writing better, I have taken a cue from a former Rochester professor, Phillip Guo, about writing. He states:

Will at least 100 people care about this topic three years from now?

The following don’t qualify, so I rarely write about them:

  • commentary on news events or fads
  • reactions to someone else’s article
  • personal notes that only my friends would care about
  • Also, if I see many people writing about a topic, then I avoid it unless I have a drastically different perspective.



Now read this

Q and A: Studying Computer Science

The following questions are topics that I have been asked or have confronted in the past four years. Share it with your local high school or college student if you find it useful. Do I need to be good at math to be good at Computer... Continue →