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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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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 […]

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5 ways to inject more humanness into your copy

Warmth. Empathy. Emotion. These three words certainly aren’t the ones that jump to mind when you think of medical communications, are they? And considering that the medical profession is centred around keeping humans well and healthy, this is weird, right? Sure, medicine is confusing. From doctors with their stereotypical illegible writing, to surgeons in films […]

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Why Med Comms is like country music

Country music is about the plight of the everyday individual, laying out heartbreak, relationships, friendships, work and other aspects of life as a story – an adventure – for the listener to experience. It’s simply ‘Three Chords and the Truth’, as the late songwriting legend, Harlan Howard, once described.1 Ultimately, this philosophy is at the […]

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International Men’s Day

Today is International Men’s Day (IMD), a day where we can celebrate the contributions and value that men bring to the world, their families and communities. So, let’s all first embrace the nearest bloke we see (I’m sure they’ll understand), and then read on to learn about the six pillars on which IMD is founded:1 […]