Read this blog for some creative ideas on how to re-generate interest in your research. Author Heather VanMouwerik has a bunch of creative suggestions to jump-start your research mo-jo.
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These days just about everyone has a FitBit or a walking app to count how many steps they take in a day. Well, if you look here, and here you’ll find blog posts that list a number of online apps that can help you keep on track with your writing. They range from helping you to keep focused, counting words written to blocking distractions. I haven’t tried any of them myself but I think I will.
Mmmm, I wonder if there are apps I can use on my phone…
Although I firmly believe that writing is a social practice (we write to be read and in response to contextual conditions), a good portion of our writing time is often done alone. Many of you will know that I’m very interested in ‘procrastination’ in academic writing and what this means. Often procrastination is touted as a lack fo self-disicpline and I honestly think that poor self-disicpline is not a characteristic of most graduate students. The graduate students I see are, in addition to studying, working, looking after families, volunteering on student and other committees, and generally leading exceptionally busy lives. I think procrastination has less to do with individual personality traits and more to do with the nature of academic writing. I’ve made this argument several times – in my book “Productive Writing” and in various presentations.
Recently, I’ve become interested in what individual writing processes look like and what this can tell us about procrastination. By chance, I came across this YouTube video made by a student on his writing processes. It has made me think about the way I write: when do I pause? how often do I edit? when does writing flow? Have a look and see what you think.
Here’s an article a colleague and I have just published on writing and publishing in peer-review journals: http://www.preprints.org/manuscript/201607.0035/1
This is the open access article before peer review. The final article will be published in the journal Publications. The reviewers gave substantial feedback so the final version is a much better one.
Here’s the final verson: PDF Version: http://www.mdpi.com/2304-6775/4/3/24/pdf
We hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your thoughts.