If you’ve got an idea for a blog post about the mind, brain, or the neuroscience or psychology of everyday life, then drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org with [Write for Your Brain Health] in the subject line and we can chat!
Here’s what you need to know if you want to write for Your Brain Health:
- Word count: Posts are 500-750 words.
- Topic/Content ideas: My readers are interested in the mind and brain, and the neuroscience and psychology of everyday life. Take a look around my site and see what I’ve written about so far. The MOST important thing I ask is that your article is EVIDENCE-BASED … this is a neuroSCIENCE blog after all. If you’re a neuroscientist then I’d LOVE if you penned your own ‘Meet the Neuroscientist’ blog. Lastly, I’d prefer original articles, but I’m more than happy for you to write about a topic/theme etc that you’ve written about elsewhere.
- Tone & Language: Think ‘science-lite’ or ‘The Conversation‘, ‘PsychologyToday‘ or even ‘IFLScience‘. Light hearted and witty is great and plain English is ESSENTIAL. Stats succulently summarised are good. Absolutely report absolute risk. But go light on detailed methodology or analyses. My readers want to know why its relevant to them (not why you find it interesting!).
- Title & hook (that’s the first line or two). People are busy. A good title will grab their attention and make them want to read your piece. If you’re stuck think ‘How would I explain this to my Mum?’ (Or Mom. I do prefer UK English, but will take it easy on you Americans).
- Break it up. Bullet points. Subtitles. Lists. White space. When people read online they scan. Make it easy for them.
- Your bio: Please pen yourself a byline and a brief bio containing links to your website, Facebook, Twitter accounts etc. But keep your bio to just 2-3 sentences. And make yourself sound interesting (cos you are!).
- Images: If you’ve got an image that can be used, then please let me know. But PLEASE get familiar with creative commons licenses first and make sure the image is ok to use.
- If your article is published, please share with your friends via email, your website, Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media. The more people who view your post, the better is it for you and me!
- I love connecting with people even if they don’t feel ‘ready’ to write about science for the ‘lay’ person just yet. I completely understand how scary it can be to put your words out there (after all, someone might read them). So if you’ve got an idea for a blog post, but you’re not sure its exactly what I might be looking for then shoot me and email and we can talk. I’m passionate about coaching and mentoring people keen to try their hand at science writing and would love to hear from you.
- I’m not in the business of promoting products or services. Fullstop. Period. End of story. You know what I’m talking about!