How to Write a Lot

  1. The only way to write a lot is to write regularly regardless of whether you feel like writing. avoid to be a binge writing, so allot time to write something everyday, not find time to write. Find a set of regular times, write them in your weekly planner, and write during those times. My personal goal is simply to sit down and do something that furthers the project goal. For me, I can get up at 7, eat something, then write from 8-10. In this time, avoid distractions, don’t check emails, cell phone, etc.
  2. writing doesn’t just mean typing words. In allotted times, work on the publication project, reading articles, analyzing data, reviewing papers, etc.
  3. to write a lot, need to take an accurate look at writing by monitoring the writing process. So make a list of the project goals and write them down. When you sit down to write, spend a minute thinking about what you want to do that day.
  4. create a weekly writer’s group, the purpose is to give people a chance to talk about ongoing writing projects, to get others’ ideas and insights, and help each other set reasonable goals.
  5. few people realize how badly they write. strong, clear writing requires clear thinking, journal editors appreciate a clean description of a good idea. Read some books on writing skills.. write paper that sounds confident and controlled. These writers focus on the strengths of the work, assert the importance of the research, and convey a persuasive sense of confidence
  6. People who write a lot outline a lot, clear thinking becomes clear writing. Writing an outline lets you make early decisions about the paper.
  7. “how can you be motivated to write if you expect rejections?” people should simply stick to a writing schedule. People who publish a lot receive a lot of rejections. Most prolific writers get more rejections per year than other writers get in a decade.
  8. To write a lot, you should rethink your mental models of rejection and publication. The more paper you publish, the more rejection you receive. Following the tips, will make you the most rejected writer in you program.
  9. Decide what you want to do, then decide to do it, then do it.
  10. If you plan to only write only a few things in your life, your writing time can be thinking time, reading time, learning time.
  11. A writing schedule brings balance to your life, balance in the sense of separating work and play.

Notes from book: How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing


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