Ideas into Words Mastering the Craft of Science Writing

ISBN-10: 0801873304
ISBN-13: 9780801873300
Edition: 2003
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Description: "I am so proud to be Elise's student. Read this book and I suspect you will be too." -- from the foreword by Robert Kanigel, author of The Man Who Knew Infinity "In Ideas into Words, Elise Hancock has managed to write a guide to science writing  More...

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 5/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

"I am so proud to be Elise's student. Read this book and I suspect you will be too." -- from the foreword by Robert Kanigel, author of The Man Who Knew Infinity "In Ideas into Words, Elise Hancock has managed to write a guide to science writing that is not only comprehensive -- she answers every question I could have imagined asking and then some -- but also wise, vivid, and an awful lot of fun. I wish I'd had something like this to help me when I was starting out." -- Michael D. Lemonick, author of Other Worlds: The Search for Life in the Universe, winner of the American Institute of Physics Writing Award "Elise Hancock's excitement is infectious. One puts her book down and feels drawn to a keyboard." -- Joel Havemann, editor, Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times From the latest breakthroughs in medical research and information technologies to new discoveries about the diversity of life on earth, science is becoming both more specialized and more relevant. Consequently, the need for writers who can clarify these breakthroughs and discoveries for the general public has become acute. In Ideas into Words, Elise Hancock, a professional writer and editor with thirty years of experience, provides both novice and seasoned science writers with the practical advice and canny insights they need to take their craft to the next level. Rich with real-life examples and anecdotes, this book covers the essentials of science writing: finding story ideas, learning the science, opening and shaping a piece, polishing drafts, overcoming blocks, and conducting interviews with scientists and other experts who may not be accustomed to making their ideas understandable to lay readers. Hancock's wisdom will prove useful to anyone pursuing nonfiction writing as a career. She devotes an entire chapter to habits and attitudes that writers should cultivate, another to structure, and a third to the art of revision. Some of her advice is surprising (she cautions against slavish use of transitions, for example); all of it is hard-earned, astute, and wittily conveyed. This concise guide is essential reading for every writer attempting to explain the world of science to the rest of us.

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker is professor of history at Georgetown University and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Her books include China Confidentialand Uncertain Friendships: Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States, which won the Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.Robert Kanigel teaches at MIT and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
A Matter of Attitude
Finding Stories
Finding Out: Research and the Interview
Writing: Getting Started and the Structure
Writing: The Nitty Gritty
Refining Your Draft
When You're Feeling Stuck
Afterword
Index

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