Hello and happy 4th of July for all of you who are American and for the ones who aren’t that’s still cool, sit back and enjoy the holiday as best you can while you’re off discovering the higgs bosun. On the subject of science, today I had a thought about science writing.
Now a friend of mine recently suggested to me that I read the book by Pascal Boyer called Religion Explained. He told me that, because I write fantasy, whatever my thoughts on religion the book talks a lot about memetics and how our brains receive and pass around ideas.
The book’s writing was just some of the most strained, awful, dull stuff I’ve ever read. What little I could get through, thankfully, sounded like a confirmation of tricks I already knew and intend to use relentlessly, but it did give me an idea, because this isn’t the only time I’ve encountered a similar problem.
How many times in your life have you found a book on a subject you really enjoyed but it became all too clear that the scientist, theologian, philosopher, historian or drug-addled celebrity in a midlife crisis and career lull were not writers? Just as all too often I have noticed that each field would be complimented and helped by a basic knowledge of all others (a historian who knows some phsychology and mythology, for example). As it is, the specialization in specific fields may cause people to miss things they would have seen if they knew what to look for. With writing, it seems a lot of interesting and important ideas do not get transmitted to laymen because a writer isn’t writing the ideas out in readable form, a scientist is writing them out in his or her own jargon, or a historian is, or whoever.
So I say, why not come to a link of mutual advantage? Scientists, mythologists, historians, theologians, drunk celebrities, we are here for you. We writers will gladly take a percentage or flat fee to take your ideas and translate them into gripping, engaging text for consumption by the very masses whose lives and minds your work is supposed to improve and enlighten. For myself, just send me a personal message here or if you know me from elsewhere send me an e-mail with your name and the nature of the thing you want written so we can talk numbers. Writers, sell yourselves to any of your friends in academia and tel them to tell their friends. Academia, keep an eye out for writers. If your work reads better it will sell better and it will read better by giving us work. Everyone wins.