Today we continue our series Single Best, where we ask top science writers and editors to give us their single best piece of advice, given or taken; or their single best idea, reporting trip or memorable experience. Here, Laura Helmuth shares a bit of wisdom she learned from Molly Ivins.
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- Pitching Errors: How Not to Pitch
- Trading the Pipette for the Pen: Transitioning from Science to Science Writing
- Carl Zimmer’s Brief Guide to Writing Explainers
- Tools: Planner Pad, the Funnel of Focus
- Taking Good Notes: Tricks and Tools
- How Rebecca Skloot Built The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- How to Tell Science Stories with Maps
- Kathryn Schulz Paints a Chilling Picture of “The Really Big One”
- Good Beginnings: How to Write a Lede Your Editor—and Your Readers—Will Love
- Meetings of Minds, or, How to Talk to a Scientist
- Are You a Writer or an Editor? Part I: The Writers
- Call for Fellowship Applications
- Nailing the Nut Graf
- Are You an Editor or a Writer? Part II: The Editors
- Ask TON: What Does a Science Writing Master’s Program Get You?
David Tuller Untangles the Research History of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Ask TON: Reconnecting After a Disruption
Maryn McKenna Reports the Dark Side of Agriculture
A Day in the Life of Charles Seife
Serendipity Story: A Pitch in Sheep’s Clothing
Amanda R. Martinez Explores Island Conservation’s Ethical Quandries
Adam Rogers Shadows a Fungus Detective
Ask TON: Nailing Physical Descriptions
Serendipity Story: Cynthia Graber
Pictures and Prose: When Photographers and Writers Work Together
A Day in the Life of Amanda Gefter
Ask TON: How Soon to Repitch an Editor?
William Saletan Explores the Malleability of Memory
Ask TON: Which Meetings?
Single Best: Maryn McKenna
Dan Ferber Relates One Couple’s Struggle against the Farm Next Door