June 23, 2008

Write First

Writing about web page http://www.amazon.co.uk/Writing-Your-Dissertation-Fifteen-Minutes/dp/080504891X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1214223147&sr=8-1

This book was suggested in a blog supporting medical students at Warwick. This has been the most useful book I have come across so far about writing. It is simple and engaging. It is an easy read.

Ruth Whitman’s words to me were very simple: “Write First”. By this she meant, make writing the highest priority in your life. But she also meant those words literally; that is, write before you do anything else in your day.

Today I planned to start early and after doing some bibs and bobs I got distracted with home bills. I realise now that it was difficult to come back to PhD work afterwards. I did eventually but it was hard to concentrate in to some reading.

I am not a morning person. I come from Peru, South America. We love to start things late in the day and finish very late at night, however this is working for me now and I would like to give this free bit of advice to any trouble and consumed by thought PhD student. Start in the morning.

I dont know if I am adjusting to Brittish patterns after 7 years of living in the UK. It just works naturally. I had to produce a project report and I worked on it in the mornings, it was not painful as research could be considered sometimes, I was happy and motivated. It was not difficult and I felt ideas were flowing. Keep it as the first things in the morning. Move your work around.

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