Saturday, 13 April 2013

Write that Journal Article/Chapter in 7 Days!

I was having one of those weeks where I could screw up my research and happily chuck it out the window of my 5th floor office, well not quite literally.  (I don't really want to have to run down 5 flights of stairs to give first aid to the unlucky person that's just been injured by my research notes. However, I do find myself asking the question - what's the point? what am I going to achieve? Will it ever make any difference? (sounds like imposter's syndrome, I know).  

I was beginning to feel like I was bouncing my head of a wall of research notes and not actually getting very far - more like I was reading myself round in circles. Then I went to a seminar with Dr Inger Mewburn [@thesiswhisperer].  

I'm used to hearing about how you should write a thesis, best practise and quite honestly there is a point where you switch off have to start thinking about what you are actually doing and not how you are going to do it. It's fair to say I was slightly sceptical that I would be able to write a journal article in 7 days, never mind 7 weeks. What I didn't expect was to come out of the seminar feeling like I wanted to write! I really wanted to write, I didn't really know what just that I wanted to write.

The people I spoke to said similar things, it spurred them on, gave them inspiration and like me felt they wanted to write. So that feeling of wanting to throw my research out the window faded and a drive to write took over - now I can't claim that I've written a coherent chapter/article but I certainly have been writing more over the last week or so. I've also found myself doing lots of the things I've been putting off (I even washed the windows).

So I am going to go back to my A3 paper and trying to organise my blocks of writing into something more coherent (and make sure it's all in English as I now have a habit of dropping in a Chichewa word here and there).

I'm taking full advantage of feeling this productive...