Science Writing

A Look Back at the First 7 Days – Day 8 (Feb)

Okay, this is cheating a little bit, I’ll admit that right away.

But once I had the idea to review how this challenge was going after seven days, I couldn’t shake it, and here we are.

I considered whether or not this should count as todays post, or if I needed to do another Solar System specific one, but as it’s my challenge, for myself, I decided that it did count.

One of the reasons I wanted to do this seven-day check in is to reflect on the challenge so far. What I’ve enjoyed, what I’ve struggled with, what I think I could do better.

And don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed it, despite the overall tone of this reflection coming across as slightly maudlin. The experience so far has been a positive one; there is definitely a sense of achievement with every post I publish which is satisfying.

However, I don’t know that I like what I have been writing. The problem as far as I can see it, is that I feel as though I am merely regurgitating facts that anyone could look up. Sure, there is something to be said for condensing information and making it accessible, but at the end of the day, a simple google could tell you all that I have.

I think I need to find a specific voice, my voice, within my non-fiction writing. Otherwise, it will continue to come across as a padded list of facts. There’s no originality within the pieces I have been publishing and I’ve found that a frustrating realisation.

But it’s only day 8, there are plenty more to go, and to that end, I’m going to decide what to write tomorrow.

Thanks for indulging a slightly cheeky use of a day.

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