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This blog is the inspiration of the proprietor, Gerald Lushington, who in addition to writing for service, likes to write about writing.  The posts are intended to provide a glimpse into the thought process underlying technical writing, and may even be of some use to readers who would like to spice up (or otherwise improve) their own text and communications.

Comments are welcome, though if your grammar has correctable issues, you might get a friendly critique  ;)

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MedChemNet's "most voted"

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on June 8, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Having been invited onto the https://www.medchemnet.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Medicinal Chemistry Network site as https://www.medchemnet.com/users/2957-gerald-lushington" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">a leader, I've been posting on their blog as time permits, with an initial focus on new or useful scientific software.  I was pleased to note that my first post, on

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PyMOL Tutorials

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on October 24, 2014 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Afficionados of molecular modeling (or even just those interesting in technical instruction) are welcome to peruse a collection of four tutorials that I recently drafted the describe how one may go about building a molecular model of a glycosylated protein via the free (pseudo-open-source) structural biology program PyMOL.

Comments regarding the general flow,...

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Program Commentary: a protein structure initiative example

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on October 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A big part of science is figuring out where the money is going to come from and what that money is looking for.  Decisions by those holding the purse strings are often made by non-experts who condense expert sentiments down into layman-accessible arguments that can sway public or corporate favor.  So what scientists write and say about desirable scientific opportunities, if done artfully and persuasively, become self-fulfilling.  I.e., posting a thought provoking wish-list to t...

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New edition of Silverman / Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Drug Action coming out

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on July 25, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

My latest service project was a detailed proof and critique of three substantially revised chapters of Richard Silverman's well known text book, "The Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Drug Action", whose third edition should be coming out fairly soon.  Obviously I shouldn't share my specific comments in an open blog prior to publication, but a few general impressions:

First and foremost, the book is huge and exceptionally comprehensive.  The second chapter alone (out of eig...

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When possible, decorate!

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on April 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Age of information and impatience

It's no secret that this is an information age far surpassing any renaissance of enlightment of past centuries.  Ironically, however; the population is simultaneously becoming less patient with the act of reading.  Why?  There is so much material out there that is available to be read, that when many people deign to spend time reading something of a technical nature, they want to be reading the specific material that is most r...

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A common sense look at numbers!

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on April 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Everyone, including bloggers, texters, poets, scribblers, teachers and especially technical writers is regularly forced to deal (perhaps haphazardly) with the most common source of writing uncertainty:  numbers.  What do you do if you have 11 14-year-olds coming to your house?  Panic?

Well, according to these flexible, sensible recommendations by Michael at DailyWritingTip...

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Ben Yagoda? Not bad!

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on March 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Gerald Lushington's Recommended Reading for Writers

A fair number of learned people have achieved fame or infamy for their attempts to teach the world to write better English.  I think it's a safe bet that I will achieve none of the above, but I nonetheless enjoy writing, and the mechanics thereof, and if I can impart a bit of enlightenment (or perhaps amusement) to the casual reader who stumbles upon my material, all the better!


One of those scholars who i...

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Be careful with that otoscope! I mean 'modifier'.

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on February 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Some weeks ago I posted a brief comment on a pair of articles on good writing practices.  I recently came across another page (https://www.e-education.psu.edu/styleforstudents/c1_p15.html) that in most respects should qualify as a simple overview of common writing problems and reasonable remedies.  There are basic admonitions regarding the relative perils of first-person voice, contractions, gender specificity, jargon, emotion, split infinitives and so forth, but there is a curious ...

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Literature Referencing Meets Social Networking

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on February 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

First I must offer the caveat that this post at least partially duplicates what I wrote earlier today on the Gerald Lushington Quora blog.  However, while I don't think the web needs duplication of content, I figured that I would draft another post to reside here in my technical writing blog.  Why?  Because on Quora my motivation for posting was this belated attempt of mine to learn about effective social net...

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The Positive / Negative Conundrum

Posted by LushingtonTechWriter on February 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Anyone who has pursued advocacy knows that one should chose words with care:  they must be used in a grammatically correct manner, typically they should be chosen to convey the precise technical concept that one intends to communicate, and, whenever possible, they should avoid imparting negative emotions.

My original intention for this blog post was to provide some basic recommendations on how to construct positive prose.  The benefits of doing so are well documented.  Co...

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