Learning to write

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Initially this was going to be a single post talking about my thoughts on building a writing habit but I've since pondered over the building blocks and mindset that aid this essential habit in sticking.

So I'd like to publish it as a series or on going series about the skills and tactics I use to get words on a page.

To begin with let me explain why I think writing, as a skill, is one of the most important facets as a scientist that you can invest your time in to improve at.

Last year I spent some time chatting to secondary school students about what it was like being a scientist. A common theme of our conversations was what skills and qualifications I thought were important to have. I listed a few for them. Some are obvious like the qualifications they might need for college or university; Biology, Physics or chemistry. Others less so like a sense of curiosity, creativity and adventure. Amongst our discussion I highlighted the role that writing plays in the life of a scientist and tried to emphasise how important a skill I felt it was.

There is no doubt that technical skills are important as is a strong understanding of the field your researching but at the end of the day science is nothing without telling others about what you've done or are going to do and writing is the most common mode by which this is done.

So how do you become a better writer or how do you even start?

David Wilson
Wellcome Trust Tissue Repair PhD Researcher

My research interests revolve around Biliary Disease and investigating the key cellular, molecular and transcriptional components that drives progression of fibrosis in the liver .