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 […]

By Request: Managing 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 […]

Practicing what I preach

I tell you to take a vacation. I am taking a vacation. My daughter and I are headed to Niagara to visit with my parents and see a bunch of plays at the Shaw Festival. I’ll be back in the office on Monday September 15th. I have arranged for someone to lead A Meeting With […]