Tips On Writing Non-Technical Articles

The guest lecturer today was Susan Matthews who works as a science editor in Slate Magazine. Of the many tips she gave to class on writing a non-technical article, one thing that I found the most useful was to first write about who I am--what my background is, and what my special interests or research areas are. Susan says she sometimes asks scientists to write about themselves before she edits the research part. This process lets the scientist and the editor to understand what kind of background knowledge is assumed, and help the editor clarify on that for the less technical audience. When I did my assignment for writing a non-technical article, I was just focusing on the audience that I didn't focus too much about who I am--this advice will help me revise my article.