If you feel this way, you are not alone. This of course, depends on your personality and the dynamics of your graduate program and city you live in.
Afterwards a surprisingly large number Phdcomics thesis people wrote to me wanting to become faster writers, or questioning whether learning to write faster was possible.
I was a bit taken aback by the questions as I assumed there was enough published advice out there already, including on this blog, but maybe I was wrong. Writing faster is, to a large degree, Phdcomics thesis practice effect: Significant gains in writing productivity can be gained by a combination of the right kind of practice and the right kind of tools.
Take Word processors as just one example. You must move back and forth over the text to achieve flow and make sure everything is in the right place. If you can move around your documents more easily your writing speed will increase. Unfortunately the industry default, MS Word, does not, out of the box, perform this task well.
Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know this is the key reason I am a huge Scrivener fan. Although I prefer to use Scrivener, it is not always possible, or desirable, to use it end to end in a given writing project.
I often find myself collaborating with other MS Word users ie: Luckily translating my text from Scrivener to Word and back again is very easy.
Since the productivity boost from Scrivener is in the drafting process, I stay there as long as I can before switching to MS Word. I overcome some of the problems of MS Word by creating subheadings and assigning styles to them. Then I make a table of contents so these subheadings become clickable links at the start of my document.
Database yourself up Setting yourself up to write is a bit like setting yourself up to cook a stew. If the vegetables are all cut up in advance you can put the thing together much quicker. All writing will rely on some data, analysis and thinking to be done in advance and organised in a useful way.
Papers2 is the place where I store journal articles. I use Evernote for everything else: By having all my reference material in databases I can do searches using keywords.
The computer does all the heavy lifting and displays the relevant material in a list, which I can review to see if it meets my needs. To organise my notes for writing a literature review I often use a matrix, which can be thought of as an adhoc, home made database.
A literature review matrix is simply a fancy grid use Excel or a google spreadsheet where the columns contain notes from the papers you have been reading and the rows are assigned to various themes.From Start To Finish.
Your PhD is going to be the focus of your professional and personal life for at least four years, so it is important that it will be time well spent. Tweet with a location.
You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. This is such an important topic I thought I’d pool a bunch of Blog Articles together just so you’d get a feel for how there is a HUGE PROBLEM with lack of social life in Graduate School.
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In a blog post a while back I suggested being a fast writer can be a career 'edge'.
Afterwards a surprisingly large number of people wrote to me wanting to become faster writers, or questioning whether learning to write faster was possible. I was a bit taken aback by the questions as I assumed there.
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