Lessons from two kinds of science writing

Which of these sentences was written by a scientist, and which by a science writer? (1) "The varying distribution of fresh water across the globe, involving complex patterns of rainfall in space and time, crucially affects the ecosystems and infrastructure on which human societies depend." (2) "Climate change may be hitting home." What each form of writing can learn from the other, from the geology blog Highly Allochthonous.

Feb. 24, 2011


One is too specific, the other too broad. I'd fire both writers :)

mlgaskill's picture

Actually, I think #2 works very well as a lede. Obviously you wouldn't stop there.