Visualization of Data 1: Parallel Structure

In this blog post, I plan to:

  • explain parallel structure
  • apply the concept of parallel structure to visualization of data
  • helping my readers become better science writers.

OUCH! See? For most of you, that last bullet was cringe-worthy. That's because the bullets all follow on the preposition "to," which should be placed with "explain," "apply," and "helping." You'd never say "to helping," so it just sounds wrong.

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The technical writer's toolbox - Books

If you're like many native English speakers, you're pretty comfortable speaking correctly, but writing correctly (with all those confusing "punctuation marks" and pronouns that need something called "antecedents") is a bigger challenge. What's worse is that there are so many conflicting opinions on writing. All you have to do is run a quick search for "style guide" on Amazon. The first six pages of search results return relevant products - manuals of style for writing. Where do you begin? Here are the four books I've found most helpful as a science writer.

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SJ's five tips for beginning science writers

Nothing is more frustrating than sending out a memo, or article, or paper and realizing that your reader has no idea what you're talking about! Science writing is a completely different beast from writing in any other discipline. Whether you're a great writer or have little command of the English language, it is possible for you to write excellent science papers, articles, and reports. 

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