God, you know how much that pisses me off?
“Content” > “form”.
Well, how the hell can you even tell what your content is if your form is crap?
You know, when an author tries to publish a book, she has to send her manuscript to an editor for a company. That editor will read several manuscripts— novel-length writings, mind you— in maybe 2-3 weeks. If your form— your text size, font size, whatever— looks like crap, then guess what? That editor isn’t going to read your writing.
It doesn’t matter what your “content” is. You could have the best goddamn novel written. But if your “content” is difficult to read, hazy, unclear, or typed out in Wingdings, you’d better be damn sure that editor isn’t going to read it. He’s gonna toss it out the window because guess what? He’s more work to do and honestly, if you’re not putting in the effort to make it legible, then why should he put in the work to read it?
So don’t bitch about how you hate this focus on writing style and clarity because seriously, it does matter. No one is going to know what the fuck you’re saying unless you get your damn lazy ass off of your bad habits and change.
After all, it cannot be emphasized any more clearly that it is an essay that has lots of good ideas is far superior than an essay that has been correctly formatted and is succinct and clear and stuff.
AFTER ALL, AN ESSAY WITH GOOD “CONTENT” WON’T MEAN JACK SHIT UNLESS PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FUCK YOU’RE SAYING.