Audience, Purpose, and Occasion – “The Big Three” in Science Writing

When writing any form of document — whether it be a blog post, website content, marketing material, magazine article, or academic manuscript — it’s always important to keep in mind “The Big Three”. In fact, these three things are so important to me, that I keep them written on post-it notes around my desk. Let’s…

Utilize-itis and my plight for plain language

Plain language – NOT the language of academics, unfortunately. During my scientific research career, I got far too used to reading manuscripts and documents that were chock-a-block full of difficult phrases and jargon — I started believing that it was the only way to be published in the world of science. I think that’s what happens to…

Editing – a diverse career

When I first started my editing and writing career, I was once asked whether I thought I’d get bored, sitting in front of a computer all day — after all, I’d spent many years in a hands-on laboratory environment as a scientist — “Surely life at a desk is not for you?” I was asked. Editing, far from being boring, is a…

A second set of eyes

There’s no doubt that a second pair of eyes is useful when performing any kind of writing. Editors are communications experts who can help you create concise, professional documents. A good editor will improve flow, check for consistency, catch embarrassing typos, make suggestions to improve the overall clarity of your document, and check for adherence to all manner of…