What It Takes: Skills a Science Writer Needs to Succeed

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I'd been working at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for nearly five and a half years when another reporter and I started a project on teenagers and mental illness. I'd been waiting for a chance to do a multi-part series and I'd gathered reams of material, done dozens of interviews and was ready to start writing. I faced an empty computer screen, struck with rising panic and that terrorizing thought.