Part way through graduate school, some science students (like me) find themselves reevaluating a career in academia. Instead, they (like me) are drawn to telling stories about science rather than doing it, but feel daunted by making the transition into science writing. I fumbled through, wishing there was a guidebook. So, as a Burroughs Wellcome Fund/Open Notebook Fellow, I tried to write one by compiling the advice of many successful scientists-turned-writers. You can read my story at The Open Notebook.