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We blog from Toothy’s Wordshop – mainly about writing, science, remote working, business, culture, parenting, tech and gaming. Sometimes superheroes too. Stick around for tips, tricks, hacks and perspectives.

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Freedom and fireflies

Re-discovering childhood wonder (and stuffing it into your writing) The other day, I was on a ref pack job. So, I pencilled in a long lunchtime walk instead (only joking: it was a Veeva job). WHAM! Out of the blue, it took me by surprise, like a U-boat at a kids’ swimming pool. I had […]

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Making sense of Med Comms through D&D

An associate medical writer’s adventure So, for the first time ever, you find yourself in the midst of the medical writing field, not having a clue how you got here or where the nearest tavern is. Perhaps one of your team members accidentally cast Plane Shift when you weren’t looking, or you walked through an […]

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Med Comms Day 2022

Illuminating the path towards healthcare communications Without a shadow of a doubt, medical communication has influenced most people’s lives one way or another throughout the years. From cleverly-placed TV ads teaching us the importance of brushing our teeth twice daily (sharing the opinions of ‘9 out of 10 dentists’), to respecting social distancing policies and […]

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TARGET ACQUIRED: Editorial Quality Control like a Terminator

For errors, it’s Judgement Day Writers often use the term, ‘eagle eyes’, to affectionately describe a colleague’s fierce attention to detail while proofreading and completing editorial quality checks. However, this may not be as complimentary as it initially seems. While eagles have approximately 10 times greater visual resolution than humans1, they would clearly suck at […]

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Reimagining ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka

Thought experiment series: famous writers of history PART 3 For our third thought experiment, we take a look at the work of this piercingly-eyed, well-dressed gentleman: Franz Kafka. His work, so surreal and macabre, led to the coining of the term ‘Kafkaesque’, defined as, ‘having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre or illogical quality’.1 As no strangers […]

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Toothy’s Dream

I dreamed a (medical writing) dream… Every night, as Toothy laid his head down on his pillow and closed his eyes, he had the same dream… In it, he was transported to an awe-inspiring world; this was a land where like-minded monsters could realise their full career potential. He imagined a world where medical writing […]

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The great mechanical takeover – and why I couldn’t care less about robot writers

Who’d a thunk it? The end of the world (for writers) won’t look like your run-of-the-mill apocalypse; there’ll be no catastrophic environmental disaster, nor will there be issues with food shortages, pandemics, the threat of war… oh. Hold up. Let’s start again, in a manner suitable for a 2022 audience. Who’d a thunk it? Although […]

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Amazing scientific breakthroughs

Read through to discover four amazing scientific breakthroughs that may change our lives for the better. Here at Word Monster we love both science and words (who would’ve thunk it!?). While working in the field of med comms gives us the opportunity to bask within a lyrical bathtub of bubbling hot biology, it also exposes […]

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Why medical writing is more Sith than Jedi

Do we need to brush up on the Sith and Jedi codes before we continue? If so, and I can’t believe I’m doing this, I will refer you to this source1 (yes, I’m citing Star Wars lore. What kind of writer am I, again?). Before you ask: no, this post won’t mention the ABPI’s code, […]

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Things I wish I had known as a junior writer

I did all the research. I passed all the writing tests. I smashed all the interviews. But nothing could prepare me for my first day as a junior medical writer. Suddenly, I was thrown into a pretty niche (and secretive) industry with lots of strange rules and even stranger lexicon (symposia? Who is she?). As […]

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Notes from an ex-office worker

Let’s face it. Working from home (or ‘WFH’ to all you cool kids out there) has now become a way of life for the typical office employee. Some people have taken to it like a duck to water: home office/’sh-office’? Check. Overflowing laundry? Sorted. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince on full volume? Yes […]

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What we love in a client

At Word Monster, we’re no stranger to love/hate relationships. We love working remotely, but hate having to put on a smart shirt for Zoom calls with clients. The parents among us love our kids, but hate having to bribe them to be quiet while trying to attend said Zoom calls. We even love our clients, […]

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What if Jane Austen was a medical writer?

Thought experiment series: famous writers of history PART 2 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a pharmaceutical client in possession of a generous budget, must be in want of a Med Comms agency. And if your agency is trying to woo said client, a team of skilled, sharp medical writers is essential. Which is […]