Although the work of writing often happens alone, a career in science writing doesn’t have to be lonely. Whether you work in an office cubicle, at a desk in your dining room or at your favorite caffeine-filled watering hole, you can build a community that will sustain and support your goals. And have a lot of fun along the way.
Our book, The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age (Da Capo Press, April 2013), provides a comprehensive guide that will help you improve your craft, create your professional community and sustain your career. It grew out of a private Yahoo! group where 35 writers shared their joys, concerns, victories and struggles. This blog
offers additional insights and gives you the chance to ask questions and discuss issues surrounding the craft, commerce and community of science writing.
As the blog grows, you’ll find:
- Ask SciLance: general advice for science writing questions
- SciLance Hacks!: tips, tools and workflow strategies
- SciLance Confidential: digging deeper into science writing situations, from embedded reporting to working with a web designer
- Friday Snapshot: photos that highlight the week in the life of a science writer
- News You Can Use: news relating to publishing and entrepreneurship and how it affects science writers
- Writing Labs: a peek into our writing workspaces
- Writing With Children: the messy business of juggling work and family
As we embark on this journey, you’ll learn more about our work as freelancers and staff journalists, full-timers and part-timers, and our joys and frustrations.
Would you like advice on a particular science writing question? Do you have a week-in-the-life photo that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.
If you’re interested in science and writing, we hope you’ll join the conversation. Together we can pitch, publish and prosper.