Awhile back, I wrote a very short essay that was mostly about wintertime and my mother, but also included a scientific reference. When it was about to be published, I felt it necessary to confirm that science with sources from Cal Tech, Space.com, and NASA.
What was the highly technical data I was checking so obsessively? That Earth’s orbit around the sun is elliptical. Continue reading “Writing About Science”
Recently, Gotham’s own Elane Johnson gave a lecture called “Don’t Kill Me With Your Words: Writing Dialogue That Doesn’t Suck.”
Which is perfect, because if you want to know what
good non-sucky dialogue is, just listen to Elane talk: Continue reading “Authentic Dialogue”
This week, as I was writing this letter, the Governor of Puerto Rico finally admitted that Hurricane Maria killed at least 1,400 people last year.
For 11 months, though, the government insisted that the death toll was only 64, though given the force of the storm and the humanitarian crisis that followed, that was plainly, painfully false. Continue reading “The Build-It-Better Cliché”