Very good writing advice: ‘Very’ is vague; use substitutes
Either William Allen White or Mark Twain advised writers to substitute damn for very in their writing. Then the editor would remove all the damns and improve the writing. M…
The Pot-Stirrer: Teaching Evolution in the Southeast U.S.
Although evolution is overwhelmingly accepted by scientific communities, it remains a taboo and often misunderstood subject for much of the rural American So...
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Using Narrative to Tell Science Stories - The Open Notebook
Characters. Scenic action. Sensory detail. Intuitive structure. This collection focuses on how to use narrative techniques to tell science stories.
Gender Differences in Pitching: Results from the TON Pitching Habits Survey - The Open Notebook
The TON Pitching-Habits Survey probed gender differences in science journalists’ pitching habits and how such differences may pertain to gender disparities in the field. We found that men and women in many ways pitch similarly—but when men push back against a rejection, they’re more likely than women to do so by proposing an alternative angle. Our data also suggest that such persistance may yield different results for men and women.
Science communication: the dangers of oversimplifying microbiome studies
Lauren Freeman and Saray Ayala spoke to us about the dangers of oversimplification and decontextualization in microbiome research - and why they think scientists should be careful before recommending behavioural changes
What a Child With Autism Can Teach a Novelist About Storytelling
My work morning starts with a long stare at the “to-write” list. It’s about to spill off the whiteboard. There is the stack of script notes my husband,...
Read This! (Or Not): Writing Book Reviews - The Open Notebook
The trick to reviewing books well is to approach the task systematically, keeping a clear eye on what you’re trying to accomplish, and keeping in mind what your responsibility is to readers. Book reviews should give an idea of the quality and style of the book, helping readers figure out whether they want to read the book, but without providing so much detail that readers feel as though there’s nothing left to learn.
Ten Terrific Books for Writers
Whenever the topic of favorite books for writers comes up, I always mention the same ones over and over again. But they are timeless must-reads for anyone trying to finish their first manuscript, (…