Science Writing - Behind the Scene
February 11, 2020 10:09 AM   Subscribe

A New York Times science writer gives insight to the writing process by annotating his T.Rex article. For budding science writers, a glimpse behind the art of clear explanation. And in particular the issues that apply specifically to science writing: "Science takes time. Often a lot of time. It can be brutal, tedious work. I try my best not to romanticize it, but rather to describe it as a process that often involves a lot of people working together. And oftentimes their jobs may not be the most exciting. In this case, Aaron Giterman wasn’t a scientist mentioned on the paper. Dr. Zanno had mentioned to me that they worked with a technician who pieced the leg back together, and I thought it would be important to the story to highlight his work alongside that of the paper’s authors."

The article is a companion piece to the STEM Writing Contest, a global contest for students: "The Learning Network and Science News together invite you to bring that same spirit of inquiry and discovery to finding a STEM-related question, concept or issue you’re interested in, and, in 500 words or fewer, explaining it to a general audience in a way that not only helps us understand, but also engages us and makes us see why it’s important."
posted by storybored (2 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
This is great. I've from time to time done a breakdown of my writing (and spent about a month writing a style guide teaching a group of tech support folks how to write articles) ... more more more!
posted by tilde at 11:17 AM on February 11 [2 favorites]

I enjoyed this! I love accessible science writing, and it was neat to see the thoughts behind the choices of what and how to communicate various elements.

Off to read the brush-made-of-human-nose-hair article...
posted by mixedmetaphors at 1:32 PM on February 11

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