The Scientist's Guide to Writing

The live tweet thread during a reading of The Scientist's Guide to Writing


  1. After reading a little bit of The Scientist's Guide to Writing by Stephen Heard, I thought I would take a shot at live tweeting interesting content as I read the book in 15 minutes per day. Almost one month (and 42 tweets later), here is the thread. I definitely recommend reading the book!
  2. Then I realized, I should ask Dr. Stephen Heard (the author) to make sure...
  3. So with permission, here is the background...
  4. Thanks to the patience and effort of advisors and committee members, my manuscript was accepted with minor revisions at a good journal. From that experience, I thought the peer-review process was going to be easy from there on out. Little did I know...
  5. Here is the start of the read - more or less one to two tweets per chapter.
  6. I have used this quote and concept already in classes...
  7. That poor frog has been through a lot. His nickname is the "Scorn Frog" - always judging procrastination with a smirk and one eye.
  8. Meg Duffy (@duffy_ma) calls this the 'barf and buff' technique.
  9. IMRaD: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion
  10. I used some of the activities for my ecology class with an unpublished manuscript from my lab. I had the students find the context, knowledge gap, and our approach to filling the knowledge gap. It was actually helpful to refining my introduction and give them an example for their draft. There are some great activities from the end of each chapter, especially the IMRaD ones. I envision using (modified) versions in introductory and upper level classes.