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Show kids what it takes to think

Popular Health & Medical Writing for Magazines: How to Turn Current Research & Trends Into Salable Feature Articles - Anne Hart

Show kids what it takes to think. Define for people, especially kids and anyone else interested what is meant by words such as energy, flame, time, sound, and color, for starters. Find out the definitions yourself and then go around speaking to classrooms talking about how to communicate.

 

You might even get kids interested in science or storytelling or even public speaking as visiting speakers in classrooms or libraries. Keep the definitions easy to understand. Make the complex friendly and simple enough to answer questions.

Kids are interested in complicated questions that can be made easier to understand. This is one step in the direction just in case you want to be a technical writer of friendly manuals, for example, or children's books.

 

Communicate science in ways that are easy to understand. The skills can be transferred to writing children's books or friendly friendlier articles on science, including genetics and other topics that may be new to people who have not formally studied these subjects in schools.

 

The point is you learn to communicate complex topics in ways almost anyone can understand and visualize. This skill also is helpful if you want to write scripts or make documentaries on topics that are technical or scientific, and viewers want an easy to understand and follow overview.

 

The same techniques can be applied to how-to books and business topics, education, and news. For more information, check out the contests and more at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science ®  at Stony Brook University School of Journalism: http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/our-mission-2/.

 

The center’s website reads: “The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science works to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline.”

 

On another note: If you're interested in writing for health and medical magazines, check out my book, either the paperback or the ebook versions: Popular Health & Medical Writing for Magazines: How to Turn Current Research & Trends into Salable Feature Articles.