Testing a new way of writing scientific reports

I had to submit an abstract today for a class.

From what I learned from my previous blogpost, about writing clearly, I am implementing it for this report. As you can see, I’ve kept the message brief and to the point. I haven’t shared many details yet, but I hope to write the entire report in a similar fashion.

This is a big deal for me. I’ve always associated writing scientific reports with using all kinds of jargon. And making them as complicated as possible. I assumed that the longer the statements, the more intellectual I was coming across.

But it doesn’t make sense to me now. If I can be lucid and clear in my explanation, then doesn’t I don’t think anyone will care in what style the document is written.

Plus, there are scientific articles that I’ve written, that I wouldn’t read myself ever.

But this one.. Oh yeah. I’m excited.

That’s the goal for this article. Write it for myself. And ask myself at every step – Would I read this document myself?

And so far, Hell yeah, I’d read it.

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4 Responses to “Testing a new way of writing scientific reports”

  1. Genya November 6, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Hmm. You’re right about being lucid and clear. But what does clarity mean? I think good writing does not meansimplifying, but being able to convey complex and substantive things clearly. “Big words” exist for a reason: they mean something very specific. That’s why we often misuse them. Granted, if we just use just throw them around carelessly, we come across as arrogant, misleading, or simply incompetent. But if we simply refuse to use them…well, we’re not leaving ourselves with many tools to build our thoughts.

    But clarity is not only a matter of words, but a matter of connecting the fragments of your thought into a larger idea. Good writing relies on leading the reader through the entire text without letting him stumble. Don’t leave it up to the reader to make the connection between sentence 3 and sentence 4, or sentence 5, for that matter. Don’t leave the reader wondering at the end… “and so…did you achieve that goal?”

    • Saad Bhamla November 6, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Well said. Again, striking a balance is key – hopefully, practice will solve this.

      • Genya November 6, 2012 at 11:48 am #

        Yes, practice, editing, and re-editing, until everything works in harmony.
        By the way: kudos for putting your writing out there. It’s a difficult thing to do (I’ve never been able to do it), but the best way to get feedback and improve.

        • Saad Bhamla November 6, 2012 at 11:50 am #

          🙂 I guess it was inevitable – with so much of my life online..