Using Narrative to Tell Science Stories

Compelling characters. Scenic action. Vibrant sensory details. Intuitive structure. The things that make narrative stories fun to read can also be the hardest to craft. But narrative storytelling isn’t a magical gift—it’s a practical skill that can be learned. Here, we present a few dozen stories from The Open Notebook that focus on using narrative to tell science stories. From finding ideas to writing killer ledes to interviewing for narrative—and more—we’ve got you covered.