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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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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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A change in creative, physical and psychological direction

I have joined a revolution: my work-life now works for me. I’ve become part of the Word Monster team, a medical writing agency start-up that is set to become the go‑to for science and healthcare writing agencies. Signing on the dotted line was a no brainer. I knew from the moment I saw the tone of job […]

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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 […]

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Curious catistics

I’m appawlled by errors. My life is a constant battle between wanting to correct spelling/grammar and wanting to have friends. If your an officer for the grammar police or merely a grammer enthusiast ­­– and if reading this is causing you real emotional and physical unrest, like Chuck McGill near a refrigerator* – then I feel your […]

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Copywriters have superpowers

Remember when you were young and loved writing your thesis because each page was the start of something new, filled with opportunities? Me neither. Writing a thesis is ugly. All those hours. The eye strain. Countless sleepless nights. And that was just Call of Duty and Halo on the Xbox 360; the tactical task avoidance. No, […]

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Making the jump with a bump

‘Am I bonkers’ I asked myself, watching Pablo Escobar escape the clutches of the Columbian police* – yet again. ‘Not as crazy as Hermilda. She’s one heck of a fruit loop’ I replied. ‘You’re one to talk’ I said. ‘You’re talking to yourself again’. And in that moment I realised I was mad. Mad enough […]