AcWriMo is already near the mid-point. The register is filling up nicely as you record all the words and editing you have produced so far. Those theses will soon be ready for submission…
I’ve had a few conversations recently that remind me how some people have really great ways of pushing their writing along step by step (what is sometimes called ‘serial writing’ and the basis for my workshop on ‘500 useful words every day’). It seems to me that the concept of ‘writing up’ at the end of the project is a very good way to make writing both stressful and boring. Not many people can sit at the computer and write effectively and productively for 8-12 hours a day, day in, day out!
I really like Dunleavy’s concept of storyboarding research to build the writing into the process – check it out: Storyboarding research: How to do smarter, proactive planning-and-realization of projects, reports and articles, from the outset.
What are your strategies for mixing up the writing with other tasks?
What do you do while you are waiting for experiments to conclude or while analysis is running? While you are waiting for supervisors to provide feedback on a draft?
And how do you make efficient use of time on other tasks to help towards the writing? I’m thinking here of how you document your own thinking as you are preparing figures, or record your explanations to supervisors and then transcribe those words into paragraphs.
I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for writing efficiently. With your permission, I’d like to quote you on this topic for a DoctoralWriting post and credit you with your name and institution. I will, of course, check with you first before publishing anything online – authorship matters!
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