Illustrations: Katya Dorokhina

How to Write Anything

How to Say the Right Thing Online When Someone Dies

Here’s how to express sympathy and grief on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or anywhere

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5 min readMay 21, 2020


This story is part of Forge’s How to Write Anything series, where we give you tips, tricks, and principles for writing all the things we write in our daily lives online



Chuck Thompson
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Author of five books including Better Off Without ’Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, and the comic travel memoir Smile When You’re Lying.