Science Writing Prize 2014: How to write a science feature

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The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014 is open for entries – offering you a chance to win £1000 and see your article in The Guardian or Observer. We know that staring at a blank page can be daunting, so we asked Nicola Davis, commissioning editor for Observer Tech Monthly to share her advice on how to write a feature.

1. Choose your topic and length carefully

Be realistic about the issue you are covering – does it have enough dimensions to hold a reader’s interest for a long feature? If the story can be summarised in 180 words, you don’t need to write a 1,800-word feature. And anything beyond 4,000 words is a very long read.

2. Have a plan

Make a list of all the points you want to cover in the article then put them into an order that allows you to move with the most ease…

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