Revisions really suck. There is no gentler or politer way to state this truth. Going back to a piece of work, long or short, that you have "finished" and realising it is nowhere near "finished", and having to do more work on it is not something most writers look forward to. But, sitting where I … Continue reading Why are revisions so damn hard?
I have been in the fortunate position of sending off five papers recently that I have been working on for the last several months - a mix of single and co-authored work. The upside is that I have lots to report to my postdoc funders and I have learned even more about writing for publication; the … Continue reading Seeing feedback and peer review as a gift rather than a curse
A colleague and I are editing a book, due out next year. I have recently co-taught a course on writing a journal article to a group of postgraduate students and early-career academics. I have also just copyedited a PhD thesis, and I regularly copyedit articles for a journal I work on. This means, altogether, that … Continue reading Learning about your own writing from giving feedback
It may seem, from the title of this post, that this will be an angry post, ranting about revisions and papers that are not done even though you want to be done with them. That is only partly true. There will also be insightful musings on why revisions are just so damn hard to do, and … Continue reading Why are revisions so difficult? or Why is this *@#$ paper not finished!
Hands up: who actually likes critique and criticism of their writing? So few hands? How strange :). I think we all know that critique on our writing is something we have to expect: if we are writing for an audience, especially one expected to be critical such as PhD examiners or peer reviewers, the critique will … Continue reading Working with feedback: on criticism and critique