Recently, I created a presentation to guest lecture for a project management in research course where I was asked to share about how project managers can coach team members to maintain momentum in their projects. As I create my presentations by writing scripts first, I learned something, again, about the importance of letting go of our … Continue reading Letting go of New York
We have this idea that we need big chunks of time to write and when we don’t have them then we don’t have time to write. This is an imaginary time management problem. I believe the desire for the big chunks of time is because getting into the flow of writing seems to require an … Continue reading Do you feel like you need big chunks of time to write?
The phrase of “wouldn’t it be nice if … ” popped into in my head the other day and I thought to myself - "Isn't that a song lyric?". I went to google, of course, and it reminded me that this is a Beach Boys song. I played it as I was walking to the … Continue reading Can music and writing go together?
Alice, my two year old daughter, had her first swimming lesson two Saturdays ago. She seemed to be looking forward to it; however, when we entered the change room she refused to take her coat off, let alone change into her swim suit, and repeated over and over “No. I don’t want to.” I felt … Continue reading Small Steps Towards Making a Big Splash
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?
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
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
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)
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
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