The discussion can be a sticking point for many manuscript writers because it seems to be a free for all with no easy pattern for… Read More »The 6 key parts in a powerful discussion section
This is according to a new opinion piece published in PNAS, at least, but we already agree with them or we wouldn’t be here! The… Read More »Better writing CAN boost your impact – now with data!
The abstract of a paper is not an afterthought. Nor is it a summary nor a Frankenstein-like compilation of the first sentences of each section.… Read More »How to Write Compelling Abstracts (Free gift!)
Writing is a touchy subject in academia. Basically, everyone should be writing, and no one is writing nearly enough. Ask anyone, from a graduate student… Read More »How to set a writing resolution that sticks
Living in Switzerland, skiing is a normal part of winter life. Having moved from Los Angeles, it was unfortunately not a part of my life… Read More »Why manuscript writing isn’t like skiing…but probably should be
We’ve all been there – staring at the blinking cursor on our all-too-white Word document waiting for inspiration to strike. Blank-page syndrome in manuscript preparation… Read More »How to best tackle your draft when you have blank-page syndrome
The “so what” test can be a powerful tool for making your scientific writing concise and ensuring that it is interesting to your reader. Effective… Read More »“So what?” A simple test for concise, interesting writing
Anything that continuously interrupts your flow can hinder what you can accomplish each day, and this is no different in writing. I always have to… Read More »Symbols or formatting words getting you down? Don’t lose your flow!
Grant deadlines are approaching, and this season, I’m proposing a shift in thinking about proposal writing. For our next grant, lets’s remove all the shoulds… Read More »Can we learn what a grant reviewer is thinking based on their language?
Recapping from our previous post on what not to include in cover letters, there was a list of items that that your cover letter SHOULD include: an… Read More »Does your cover letter provide an overall picture or a jumble of pieces?