Tag: writing

Against blandness: what speechwriters can learn from Scottish mountain climbers

I’ve just finished a very interesting book about the glory days of Scottish mountain climbing, Mountain Days and Bothy Nights. What I enjoyed was its focus not on…

The Art of Scientific Writing: Some Thoughts on Idioms

What place do idioms have in scientific writing? As someone versed in the humanities but working in science, I’m fascinated by the style of scientific texts. When I…

The Art of Scientific Writing: The Passive Voice

The passive voice: a vexed issue in scientific communications. During my time as a teacher of English literature, there were two things that I told my students ahead…

How to Write an Essay: A Guide for University Students

How to write an essay: Signposting Active and Passive Phrasing -Ing Verbs and Dangling Modifiers  ‘This’ at the Start of Sentences ‘Hence’ and ‘Therefore’ ‘As’ and ‘Because’ ‘Within’…