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The Writing Mind

Hi, I’m Cynthia Saver, MS, RN, editorial director for the American Nurse Journal and editor of Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses, 3rd ed. I’ve been a full-time professional nurse writer and editor for many years, and that doesn’t count the writing I did as I fulfilled my nursing roles in clinical, research, education, and management. My passion is helping nurses share their expertise through the written word, including, but not limited to, publication. Writing can be scary and intimidating. I hope to make it less so and to help you develop your writing skills the same way you’ve developed your nursing skills.

Whether you’re considering your first or your 50th publication, want to contribute to your organization’s newsletter, or crave to be a better communicator online and in print, I hope you’ll find what I write helpful. The nurse publishing colleagues I’ve learned from over the years (many of whom are contributors to my book) may not be listed by name, but I’m grateful for their willingness to share. In that spirit, I’m looking forward to sharing with you! If you have feedback, feel free to email me at csaver@healthcommedia.com.

Blog Posts

6 types of editorial queries and how to respond

Great news: Your article has been accepted for publication! It’s time to celebrate and get ready for the next step in the publishing process—reviewing the edited article. When that time comes, don’t be surprised to...

From school to print

You revel in the “A” you received for your latest school paper. Is the next step to publish your article? It might be, but first you’ll need to rethink and rework the paper to...

Promotion—the last step in writing for publication

You smile as you sign off on the final version of your article slated to be published in a well-respected journal. Your first article is behind you—time to relax and celebrate! It’s definitely time to...

Is your topic suitable for your target journal? Three questions to ask

As editorial director for American Nurse Journal, it’s my job to field what we call “queries”—emails from nurses asking if a topic would be of interest to the journal. You can learn more about...

Writing challenge: Narrow the topic

One of the greatest challenges in writing is narrowing the topic. Beginning and experienced writers alike frequently want to tackle topics that are too broad to fit into the typical space allotted for a...

Follow the four Cs for effective writing

Developing writing skills relies on the ability to effectively use the tools of written communication. In nursing school, you learned that proteins are made up of chains of amino acids joined end to end....

Why the reference list matters

References are the lifeblood of an article. They support your message and enable readers to seek out additional information. But authors too often fail to give the reference list the same care and attention...

Letters to the editor: Make your voice heard

Journal articles aren’t the only way you can disseminate information. Letters to the editors—if done correctly—can be a powerful way to make your voice heard not only in the nursing profession, but in the...

Sharing your story

“Once upon a time…” Those three simple words probably conjure childhood memories of listening to your parents tell a tale of wonder or reading magical adventures in your favorite storybook. Beneath the enjoyment you derived...

We need young writers

April 10 is National Encourage a Young Writer Day. While it might not generate the excitement of National Chocolate Day (October 28, or everyday in my house) or the professional satisfaction of National Nurses...
Editing

Self-editing: Challenging but essential

As you finish typing those last few words of your manuscript, it’s tempting to breathe a sigh of relief, shut down the computer, call it a day, and plan to submit the article to...

The power of parallelism

Writers might not have superpowers like Superman, Wonder Woman, and others in the DC Universe, but we can use powers (tools) to improve the effectiveness of our writing. One of the most powerful tools—and...

Ask before you write: Crafting the query

Beginning authors may not realize that before submitting a manuscript, it’s a good idea to send a query—an email to the editor of a journal to see if they’re interested in the topic. Here...