Superficial facial nerves medical illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)

I'm Ciléin Kearns, a doctor and medical illustrator drawing from a background in video games to open up medicine, one artibiotic at a time.

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How to write an essay (the 6 stages of writing)

How to write an essay (the 6 stages of writing)

This one was inspired by a few months of writing essays, papers, and doing some textbook work. “The 6 stages of writing”: your experience of step 6 may vary..

I used to hate writing essays, gravitating to science subjects because I can’t stand waffle and bullshit wasting the reader’s life, to fill a word count for the sake of it. My attitude has really changed over the years though, being able to write what I want, in my own voice, and I now find it amazing. My enthusiasm is fired up by finding a personal angle on the subject I can get passionate about, and trying to communicate more than cold factual information.

I love comedy, and listening to comedians like Louis CK is a great way to see amazing wordsmithery in action, where every word, pause, emphasis etc serves a purpose and helps trigger a good reaction reliably from the audience..

What stage of writing are you at now?

Alcohol in pregnancy

Alcohol in pregnancy

24 ways to die this holiday, an artibiotics advent calendar

24 ways to die this holiday, an artibiotics advent calendar