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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