9 Powerful Lessons (and Confessions) of a Science Blogger

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9 Lessons & Confessions of a Science Blogger2015 was my first year as a professional science blogger. I’ve been writing for years in a slew of other fields, but this was the first year where I focused on building my brand as a niche blogger. I invested in my website. I revamped my corporate name. I had a new logo designed. I created business-only social media channels and promoted my work. In short, I treated myself like a professional business — and I learned a TON. Here are my 9 biggest lessons (and confessions) of the year:

1. Data Matters

Sound obvious? It wasn’t to me, not when I was starting out. I mean, I knew I was writing about quantifiable facts and I would need to source those facts. But what I didn’t know was how the process of finding those sources would change my approach to research. Before, I would cite a news report of…

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WOMEN IN FILM; An INTERVIEW with Farnaz Samiinia | Screenwriting Staffing

The Backstory

(Note from Screenwriting Staffing‘s Founder Jacob N. Stuart)

Women, arguably, have been overlooked in film since the dawn of cinema – especially screenwriting. But this is all starting to change. Just recently, Meryl Streep revealed The Writer’s Lab at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. It’s core initiative: to fund and promote female writing talent. Out of 3,500 submissions, which is an astonishing number, only 12 female screenwriters were chosen. Streep is notorious for attaching herself to films written and/or directed by women. Note: this program is specifically designed for women OVER 40.

Women are making some great strides in cinema – especially in the screenwriting arena. And industry pro’s are now starting to reach out to female creative talent. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve had 3 SCREENWRITING LEADS that were ONLY looking for female writers (all were PAID):

  1. NYC-based Production Company (established in the 80’s)…

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SCREENPLAY OPTIONS: THE DO’S & DON’TS | Screenwriting Staffing | Kathy Muraviov

The Backstory

(Intro by Screenwriting Staffing’s Founder, Jacob N. Stuart.) I have been approached by many screenwriters as of late seeking advice/guidance on their screenplays being “optioned”. Hopefully this is a result of our Script Search Board!

‘Options’ can be a very exciting process (and milestone) for writers, especially newer ones. But they can also be very disappointing, and even more so, destructive, if not approached correctly.

In terms of feature-length screenplays, I’ve had MORE scripts optioned than produced. This is quite common for most writers.

One script, specifically, has been optioned twice (by two different producers), and now I have a third producer wanting to option it right as I speak.

But here’s the rub…. by sitting on two different option agreements (the same script) that failed both times, I have now wasted a year and a half on my script (and career). For privacy reasons I’m not going to…

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On “Geek” Versus “Nerd”

Ever wanted to know the difference between “Geeks” and “Nerds”? Check this blog out to find a scientific explanation.

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To many people, “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, but in fact they are a little different. Consider the phrase “sports geek” — an occasional substitute for “jock” and perhaps the arch-rival of a “nerd” in high-school folklore. If “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, then “sports geek” might be an oxymoron. (Furthermore, “sports nerd” either doesn’t compute or means something else.)

In my mind, “geek” and “nerd” are related, but capture different dimensions of an intense dedication to a subject:

  • geek – An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer.
  • nerdA studious intellectual, although again of a particular topic or field. Nerds are “achievement” oriented, and focus their efforts on acquiring knowledge and skill over trivia and memorabilia.

Or, to…

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How to Take Criticism Like a Pro

Great blog piece. Enjoy!

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One of the greatest blessings of being an author and teacher is I meet so many tremendous people. I feel we writers have a unique profession. It isn’t at all uncommon to see a seasoned author take time out of a crushing schedule to offer help, guidance and support to those who need it. I know of many game-changers, mentors who transformed my writing and my character. Les EdgertonCandace Havens, Bob Mayer, James Rollins, James Scott Bell, Allison Brennan are merely a few I can think of off the top of my head.

J.E. Fishman is another, and he offers a very unique perspective because he’s worked multiple sides of the industry. He was a former NYC literary agent, an editor for Doubleday and now he’s a novelist. His newest book A Danger to Himself and Others

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You may be pronouncing this wrong…

Source: http://www.interbrand.com/

 

 

I stumbled on this article while I was searching for the etymology of the word “amn’t”. Don’t ask. Anyhow, The Guardian did a piece, highlighting words we regularly mispronounce and listed the reasons behind these mishaps. Wait, did I say that right? Mishaps…miss-hip? Oh wait, you can’t hear me…*wipes brow* Other wise you’d probably never visit my blog…*note to self, don’t talk about how bad your southern accent is*

Okay folks, that is all from me for today. Now, go and enjoy this article as if it was a fine aged wine. Slow seeps, then swirl, and sniff the aroma from the glass.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/11/pronunciation-errors-english-language

Show Me the Money–What’s the Skinny on Author Earnings?

Great read yet again from Kristen Lamb.

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My degree is in Political Science with an emphasis on Political Economy. To earn this degree, I had to study a lot of statistics *UGH* and to be blunt? I agree with Mark Twain, “There are lies, damn lies and statistics.” Surveys and statistics are a science: number of participants, number of questions, phrasing of the questions, nature of the sample group, geography, etc.

Yada, yada, yada.

But somewhere in the numbers is some truth, which is why I asked one of our WANA instructors, Jami Gold, to do this guest post for me (and yes, she will be presenting at WANACon).

Sure we love to write, but I assume all of us are asking the BIG questions: Is there MONEY in writing? How do we make a GOOD living as writers? Money seems to be the taboo and we don’t want…

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