Writing and more!

Are you as far along with your article as you would like?
You are never as far along as you would like to be until you have completed your article. Even then, after being finished, you are inclined to review and seek feedback and make more improvements. It is a cycle of continuous improvement.
 
What is next?
The more you do of any task, the better you become. Some say that it takes 10,000 hours to become really proficient. So with about 5 years of full time writing, one would be pretty good I assume. That is what the PhD program is about. Being able to collect your thoughts and extract from the philosophy something that is useful and can be shared. Writing seems to be the preferred way to document the knowledge.
 
What has been difficult? 
The difficult part of all of these assignments is the communication associated with the what needs to be done. The standard of expectation is not as clear as it could be and that is because we restrict communication primarily to LMS postings and email.
 
Easy? 
Once an assignment is clearly understood it actually becomes very easy to do. Setting the expectations is often not clearly established early on.
 
What kinds of feedback did you receive and how will you act upon it?
Most feedback is written. Very little of it is verbal. All feedback is a gift and takes time for someone to create it. That should never be overlooked or devalued since there is significant effort involved to create it.

 

Writing an article has tremendous commitment, for it reflects your intentions to create value and share knowledge. Hopefully, in our case we can build on the research and formulate a strategy to expand the article into the next level of our specific interest.

If you were to search Amazon for books on writing in general or in particular writing a thesis, ther result will be many books that get the writing underway and out of the stall mode. Most people have a certain amount of inertia that needs to be overcome in starting a project, especially a project that requires a mindful approach to research.

I find that I spend a lot of time outlining and formulating ideas into notes. These notes have some type of objective relationships with each other and correlating these notes takes more time than I anticipated. I am reluctant to change this process because when the assimilation of these notes takes place the outcome is good.

Using the right tools makes a big difference. Mendeley is a really good reference manager and PDF organizer. It actually serves as an academic social network where I can share research and article too. I like Evernote as an idea capture tool. It is easy to clip data and have it organized for later retrieval and to add notes to the source material for a frame of reference.

Once there is a critical mass of data and research material, I feel good about starting the writing process. Unfortunately, the writing process for me becomes an all in process that consumes me for hours at a time. I have seen books that indicate you can be successful writing for 15 minutes a day. I like to write on a computer of course in Word and then print off a page or two and then go to a quiet place to read and edit it manually. That process forces me to be more mindful and diligent in the review and editing process.

I have never experienced (so far) a writing project that did not have some deadline tension associated with it. Trading off time is not an easy trade. There is always a final expression of effort needed to accomplish the goal on time.

Regarding feedback. Feedback is a gift. Hopefully the quality of feedback is in alignment with the cohort and instructor expertise. I find it very valuable in that feedback often brings a sense of perspective that might be overlooked by the author (me). Extra eyes and review always makes for a better outcome. The concept of peer review goes beyond writing research or scholastic papers. It have exerted value in many areas of life as well.

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