Video 3 - The Writing Process
Tips for how to discover your own writing process
- Underlying assumption: be prepared to write and re-write; “The hard work is in revising.”
- Get your ideas on paper and then be prepared to revise.
- Identify an article you find compelling- what did you like about it and how can you use the same techniques in your own article?
- Find the best time to write:
- Develop a writing routine (20 minutes per day for 4-5 days per week and then scale up to an hour each day)
- Writing time can involve any portion of the writing process (researching, reading, summarizing, writing, revising)
- When to get feedback:
- Identify a reviewer with expertise in the field you are writing about and someone who will give you honest feedback.
- How to schedule and be successful at revision:
- Know the submission date and then use backward planning to schedule in plenty of time for significant revision (1-2 months).
- Don’t revise everything at once, but re-examine your work.
- Things to think about as you review each section:
- How is it organized?
- Is there flow?
- How are the transitions? Do the subheadings match the content/paragraphs?
- Are all of the citations & references included?
- Is anything redundant or repeated?
- Other questions to ask yourself for deeper analysis of your manuscript:
- What might be new here?
- What is veiled here?
- What can I expose here?
- Use different color fonts during the revision process to indicate what is in process and what is finalized.
- Maintain discipline and accountability