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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

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 your 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...

Is your knowledge cursing your writing?

We nurses tend to take great pride in our knowledge. After all, we exert great effort to stay on top of the latest medical and nursing developments, starting as a student and continuing as...

Why author guidelines matter

When asked to list their biggest frustrations with authors, most editors would put “not following author guidelines” at or near the top. I’ve commiserated many times with my colleagues about this problem, and one...

Kicking off the collaborative writing team

Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary activity; in fact, coauthors can make the process easier. I was part of a writing team for my first published article. The lead author had been published...

7 tips for eliminating the ‘no time’ writing excuse

An oft-cited excuse for not writing is, “I don’t have the time.” (I confess to using it myself on more than one occasion.) The reality is that, as a friend once told me, “How...

Yes, you can write

I often meet nurses who say they “wish” they could write, but know they “can’t.” I counter with “Yes, you can” because I know that as nurses, they have learned a multitude of skills...