Writer's Corner

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"If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” - Albert Einstein

Tips for contributing writers:

Factual verification - Writers should verify, and then double-check all facts in their submissions. Wikipedia, something you heard on TV, and nearly all bloggers are not definitive sources. Do not write speculatively about factual information. Do not guess or approximate unless you have expert knowledge.

Style - Write in clear and direct sentences whenever possible. Avoid run-on sentences. Focus on fact and logic more than on your own opinions. 

Avoid overstatement, clichés, and emotionalism. In general, less is more when it comes to rhetoric. If there is humor, it should be original and witty.

We will not consider material containing anything which could be construed as a threat or a call to violence, revolution, or any other illegal activity. 

Pronouns - Writers should avoid the excessive use of pronouns like "this," "it," "that," and "they". Properly affirming all antecedents is an essential element of clear and accessible writing. Whenever possible, synonyms should be used in place of pronouns.

Focus on the reader - Attention to the perspective and information needs of the reader is necessary for writing to be effective. Presume that readers are impatient and have a world of choices a click or two away. With that in mind, get to the point as clearly and economically as possible. Tell the reader what the article is about and why the reader should care in the lead sentences.

Timeless - All topic explanations should be accurate when read today or 5 years from now. Using terms like 'today', 'this week', etc. will not stand the test of time and should be avoided at all costs. Utilize exacts dates when possible.