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Can you guess what the most frequently asked question from my clients is?

It’s: “Why does writing take so long? Well, let me tell you a secret. The reason writing takes so long is because while we are writing we are managing all of the self-doubt, fear and concerns that come up as we move through the writing process. We may hear these as thoughts in our head … Continue reading Can you guess what the most frequently asked question from my clients is?

Rest – Creating some space around the writing process

As we emerge from the holiday season, if you created a time of rest and rejuvenation, you may be feeling energized and full of new ideas. This is rest at work in the writing process. Rest is the conduit for a well-spring of ideas and it allows us to enter into a new beginning within … Continue reading Rest – Creating some space around the writing process

Share – Create confidence by sharing your ideas and drafts

There are many ways to share during the writing process. Sharing can be discussions and brainstorming ideas early on, presenting data at different stages of the project (posters, lab meeting, conferences), sending completed manuscripts or grants to colleagues to be edited and proofread before submission or when you actually click submit on your paper or … Continue reading Share – Create confidence by sharing your ideas and drafts

Refine – Polish your writing (but let it still be a little rough)  

In this stage of the process you are ensuring that what you have written is correct and complete. This typically involves two types of editing: macro-editing and micro-editing. Macro-editing involves an iterative process of filtering, organizing and expanding ideas whereas micro-editing involves word usage, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure. Refinement is an ongoing process and will … Continue reading Refine – Polish your writing (but let it still be a little rough)  

Expand – Finding Your Flow

Often times when my clients share that they find it hard to write they are really talking about expanding their writing. This process of expanding your writing is when we enter into the flow of writing or we feel like we are in the zone. The state of flow is a phenomenon that was extensively … Continue reading Expand – Finding Your Flow

Create Structure to Create Ease

I like to think of the organizational structure of a paper or grant like a coat rack for your reader to hang all of your ideas on. If there’s no coat rack, then everything just ends up falling onto the floor and the message is lost. With a structure in place it allows your reader … Continue reading Create Structure to Create Ease

Using a Filter – A Critical Step to Avoid Overwhelm

We have all met someone who doesn't seem to have a filter. The person that just puts it all out there and there's no space or pause between what they are thinking and what they are saying? I hold a small place in my heart for these folks because I (not so) secretly envy them … Continue reading Using a Filter – A Critical Step to Avoid Overwhelm

Ideas – The starting point of every writing project

How do you generate and capture your ideas? How do you manage them? Do you have a flood of ideas or do you feel like sometimes the well is dry? I encourage you to try treating your ideas like little treasures that you are collecting. I am not always sure where or when I will … Continue reading Ideas – The starting point of every writing project

Writing is a Process and You Are In It

We have all stared at the blank page when we sit down to write and it can feel daunting and hard to get started. We feel like we need a big slot of time, or we need to have all the conditions just right (if you are anything like me - quiet, a cup of … Continue reading Writing is a Process and You Are In It

4 steps to Stop Procrastinating When Writing

We procrastinate about writing because we inevitably do not feeling like writing. We need to plan ahead of time to manage not feeling like writing until it becomes more automatic for us. Here are four steps to stop procrastinating when writing: Ask yourself why you are writing and write down your compelling reason for writing. It … Continue reading 4 steps to Stop Procrastinating When Writing