When another project is distracting you from this one

Have you ever felt like this? The replies to this tweet suggest that Charlotte is not alone. Sometimes the thing that’s distracting you from your writing project is another writing project. It’s like a toddler poking you while you make dinner. And it makes it really hard to focus. For this particular type of distraction […]

Are you dropping the “eating well” ball?

During the planning class I had participants note which balls typically get dropped for them during term time. When I asked how many people noticed that they ate less well or didn’t sleep enough several people on the call responded affirmatively. Good nutrition is a foundational practice that enables you to sleep better, cope with stress […]

Communication vs Validation: why are you publishing?

When you come to actually write, the validation narrative is often what gets you stuck. The reason your paper is never good enough to send off is not because you don’t have something to say but because you think of the process as validating your worth. The content is in many ways incidental to the fact of having a publication in a high ranking journal.

Focusing on what you want to say, and to whom, can be a powerful road out of the stuck. It also helps you see that some media are more suited to particular material than others.

Abducted by aliens

I’m fond of this Eisenhower quote: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. (From a speech to the National Defense Executive Reserve Conference in Washington, D.C. (November 14, 1957) ; in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957, National Archives and Records Service, Government Printing Office, p. 818 ) This is […]

Communicating manuscript edits

I received a tweet asking whether I had written anything about managing manuscript edits. I have a class available that helps with the emotional aspects of that process, and leads you through the process of making decisions (Dealing with Criticism). However, you still need to figure out how to manage the work involved in revising […]