This began as a pro bono chapter for an Indian publication, Effective Science Writing, edited by Pramila Majumdar and Biman Basu, published by CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, Assam, India. I have adapted it slightly, and broken it into three parts.
- Understanding your readers;
- Searching for stories and;
- Where to publish;
- Fitting science into unlikely places;
- Setting down a plan and applying it;
- Keeping a full record of ideas, information and sources;
- Being open to revision;
- When to write the ending;
- How to know what information is reliable;
- Why you should always listen to your editor;
- The importance of networking.
Why communicate science?
Searching for stories.
Fitting science into unlikely places.
You can drop a mouse down a thousand-foot mine shaft; and, on arriving at the bottom, it gets a slight shock and walks away, provided that the ground is fairly soft. A rat is killed, a man is broken, a horse splashes.