I was listening on Tim Ferriss podcast this interview with best-seller writer Sebastian Junger when one of the things Sebastian said really ressonate with me. They were talking about writer’s block when Sebastian said:

You never want to solve a research problem with language

meaning that you shouldn’t patch your poor research by being such a prose artist to hide it behind nice words. As he says, when he’s blocked at writing it’s not a problem of not finding the right words, it’s a problem of not having done enough research to write with power and knowledge about the topic.

He´s talking about the research needed to write a book but let’s be honest, how many times have you (we) tried to fool reviewers by using beautiful words to hide our lack of results? Next time you are tempted to do it, think about Sebastian’s quote and do a little bit more research instead.