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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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Ben Makin joins Word Monster

Ben Makin joins Word Monster as a Writing Monster. We’re busier than ever with new monsters and fresh offerings arriving thick and fast. Ben is passionate about science communication. The “science” part led him to move to Cornwall to get a PhD in biology, and the “communication” part drove him to run science chat shows […]

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How to stay cyber safe from home

Now that most of us are working from home, it’s more important than ever to keep yourself safe online. After all, hackers now have more people to target. We’ve worked remotely since Word Monster began, so we’ve implemented strict procedures and protocols to keep us and our data safe. Here are a few simple things […]

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The Brief Effect

It’s the morning after the night before. You’ve checked. You’ve chased. You’ve hustled. It’s 09:32 and you’re still waiting for it. Your brief. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. You can’t chase again, can you? You’ll be pestering them. Yes, better not. I’ll put the kettle on and wait. Okay, better make myself useful. “Hey troop, is […]

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LEGO a no-go

LEGO is great fun. But for those people adjusting to barefoot home-working life, a LEGO brick can be the thing of nightmares. It only takes one incident of stepping on a LEGO brick to scar your brain with a memory that will stick with you for life. The searing pain felt when the nubs of […]

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What’s it like to run a forward-thinking, remote-working healthcare advertising and medical communications agency?

The man behind the monster As featured on ProCopywriters Company Spotlight When and why did you start Word Monster? We hit the medical communications scene in 2016 as a lean, mean, solo copywriting machine. But I’d always planned to start a full-blown agency, as soon as I ruddy well could. Working in-house, I started to notice […]

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Happy Rare Disease Day

You’re 2 in a million, Harry. It’s okay to be unique. It’s okay to be you. Harry has come on leaps and bounds in the last year. He’s even started a couple of days a week at nursery! We’re marking Rare Disease Day with a topical trip to Southampton Hospital for a neurology appointment. We’ve […]

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From a grade G to a PhD

Be brave they said. Be honest they said. So, this is the story, all about how, my life got twisted upside down. Wait, who let Will Smith in here…? Get outta here. You too, Carlton. This story is actually sang to the beat of Lukas Graham – 7 Years. Listening to the 7 Years song will help […]

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Freedom in Med Comms

We’re an enormous fan of freedom in the workplace, so there are only three things to remember: 1) Write With Bite (so we do great work and continue to build our reputation) 2) Write for 7.5 hours every day, and no more [unless you’re particularly keen for paid overtime] (so we get paid) 3) Keep […]

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Meet Punzel

Welcome to Saima who joins us as a Medical Copywriter. Our first female monster in the troop. She’s been suitably named ‘Punzel’ after ‘Rapunzel’ for her lengthy locks, kind and personable nature, and desire to lift others up while letting her hair down. #copywriting #medicalwriting #monsters #joining #pharmaceuticals

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Meet the Monsters

Toothy has a new buddy to write with at Word Monster HQ. Last week we welcomed David Wright to the team – monster codename Ruffle – and it was a blast. David has a bombardment of career accomplishments that include a master’s in pharmacology, PhD in molecular physiology, postdoc and an array of large-calibre publications. […]

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Harry Bear’s little laugh

2017 started with a shock. My son, Harry, was born with Moebius syndrome – a rare neurological disorder characterised by weakness or paralysis of multiple cranial nerves. It has no known cause and was totally unexpected. No signs. No warning. Utter disbelief at the moment my wife and I were given the news. We thought […]