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How to rework some writing that's not working

Here's how one new faculty member worked on turning her dissertation into an article. It's way better than staring at a computer screen and swearing.

I don’t want to jinx it, but may have had a breakthrough with the article I’m working on. Earlier this week/last week, I pulled out a big section of chapter 1 of my diss to serve as the introduction/lit review of my article, and I started working on trimming and condensing it (since I need it to be way shorter for an article-length piece).

But. It wasn’t really gelling. It seemed kind of disjointed, not entirely relevant to my article (but OK for the diss), and very dissertationy (not surprising, given the source).

Frustrated, I spent a chunk of Wednesday outlining the material in its current form. This is my fall back strategy when I’m stuck: I gloss the text, writing short descriptions of what each paragraph is focused on; then I compile those descriptions so I can read an overview of the whole piece and get a better sense of its…

The Academic Brain

This is how your left hemisphere looks most of the time.



Your Right Hemisphere, on the other hand, can feel peaceful, think about the big picture, and take disparate thoughts and connect them up, in order to create new ideas.The trick is to figure out how to get them talking to each other.

To learn more about my neuropsychological take on the academic brain, see my newsletter, coming out on Thursday morning. Be sure you're on the mailing list -- sign up on the Academic Ladder home page.

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