Hello there bloggies! Welcome to one of my Random Writing posts!

When I started this blog back in January 2015, one of my main goals was to make myself write more. Not only to write a book (check out my 1st book writing post here) but also to write about things I cared about for a general audience.

In total, over this past year and a half I’ve posted over 180 blog entries! Holy crap! Add to that 2 novel drafts (check out samples of those here and here).

Now that’s a lot of quality time with the laptop and lots of words on pages.

These words have spanned a range of seemingly unrelated topics. The obstacles of life as a science trainee. Running a half-marathon. Raving about traveling to Denmark. The latest genetics breakthrough. Trying (key word trying) to navigate the publishing process.

I’ve written about them all. They are all part of my life.

Doing so much writing this last year and a half, I’ve stumbled across a few tough writing lessons. These minor tips have helped me not only become a better writer and blogger, but also made me a better scientist. Here are some of them:

Less is more

Say things as simply as you can. Avoid unnecessary jargon and overly complex sentence. You can lose a key point or idea with too many words.

Conflict

Each story—whether it’s about a new scientific finding or a dystopian adventure—is based on a central conflict. What is the main motivation behind your writing? Keep that in mind at all times. Each word you write should contribute to that conflict and convey it to the reader.

Taking a break 

The smartest thing I’ve done in my novel writing is walk away from my draft for a month. I was too enveloped in details and minutia. Completely and utterly burnt out from that lovely world I had built. Taking a break refueled my batteries and allowed me to ruthless as I marched through edit after edit. I’m even going through another round of edits at the moment following a month plus break from The Collective.

Another set of eyes

After spending so much time writing a piece, you lose any sense of objectivity. You are too close to the subject matter and even to specific wording and phrases. It is so easy to become blind to your writing’s clear weaknesses. Have a very honest (but constructive!) friend or colleagues read your work over and offer their thoughts. They tend to pick up on obvious things that you would never notice alone.

Spending so much time writing for the blog and my silly little stories has only strengthened my love of writing. It’s my favorite part of my job as a scientific researcher and one of my favorite hobbies. I can’t wait to keep on blogging and working on my manuscripts!

These are some of the writing lessons I’ve learned during my blogging and writing times. How about you? Share them below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.

See you all later!

-Dr. F

PS I create a Wattpad page on a whim. Posted updates to The Collective and other things. Check them out and let me know what you think. Here’s the link: https://www.wattpad.com/user/jeicher11

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