Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year!

Like I said before Christmas, I'm going to be posting without much rhyme or reason until Monday, January 28. Then you can expect the usual 7:00 AM post about scholarly writing for eight weeks (up to Friday, March 22). Last semester, I began writing posts in advance and scheduling them for automatic publication, and I'm going to to continue that approach this year, at least until Easter. That means I've got to come up with forty things to say. I thought maybe the readers of this blog could help me out.

What would you like me to write about?

I'll of course be writing quite a bit about what I'm now calling "article design", i.e., how to map out the roughly forty paragraphs that a journal article is composed of. And I'll also be talking about how to plan the writing process that is to produce those paragraphs. The basic principle is still to write at least one paragraph a day in 27 minutes. (You can adapt this is various ways to your own taste; some like 18-minute or even 13-minute paragraphs.)

But I'd like to talk about questions of style, too, and even a little bit about epistemology. "Knowledge—academic knowledge, that is—is the ability to compose a coherent prose paragraph about something in 27 minutes," I always say. I'd like to reflect a little more about what this conception of knowledge really means. This means I'll have to walk back my recent dismissal of epistemological "concerns" a little.

Will I also have to talk about the "psychology" of writing? Maybe.

In any case, I'd like to know what you'd like to read about on this blog. Please just leave your suggestions in the comments, or, if your prefer, send me a mail (thomas at basboell dot com.)

Have a great 2013!


Ryan Shaw said...

I would be interested in reading your thoughts on how note-taking beforehand and editing afterwards relate to the writing process.

Presskorn said...

I'll be self-centered and wish for points relating to the writing process for a ph.d. dissertation... I know that you often suggest to just multiply your standard article design, but you must other useful pieces of advice you spread out during the course of the coming year.

Happy New Year, Thomas...

guido said...

Hi, thanks for the great offer.
I'd be interested in your thoughts on the coordination of reading and writing. I tend to start writing with the general story and ideas for references in my head. But I experience that I often read additional papers (fully or partially) while I am writing (introduction and discussion sections) because I cannot seem to find the exact paper I remember to have read.
How do you recommend to coordinate reading and writing?


PS: I work in the area of cognitive neuroscience/ psychology/ decision making, where it is hard to keep track of the relevant publications especially in the first of these fields.