Writing Efficiency 2.0: Getting the Very Most of It
It is a common situation, to have a certain topic, enough information and a clear picture, it is high time to write, but you cannot start. Everything is ready except for one thing: the inspiration. You can lose much time waiting for it. Below there are some tips on this issue.
Inspiration Can Come from Anywhere
It can come from many unexpected places. Attending lectures, seminars and conferences, reading the relevant academic literature on your area are all really essential. However, that is not enough, other strategies are important as well. You can generate new ideas from listening to good radio programs, reading special magazines, everyday newspapers or your favourite online blogs and sites. Getting involved in social media such as Facebook and Twitter with people, who are interested in the topics you research can be also helpful.
In order to reach your prime in writing efficiency share your research and make new connections with other associates as much as you can. Find other researchers who work in sphere related to your interests, even if they study at different departments or at other universities. Join profile research networks or create your own.
Enhance your online presence. It is a good idea to use social and other digital media to support your research work, to enter the relevant community and develop academic connections. Register on Academia.edu at least. Check your university webpage to make sure it is kept up-to-date in accordance to your latest research projects and publications.
Share Your Ideas
Start your own blog and make regular posts. Don’t forget to do guest posts for other existing blogs or discussion forums. Sign up to Twitter and interesting Facebook pages, make Pinterest boards and put your PowerPoint presentations on SlideShare.
Search for Something Interesting
Don’t restrict yourself with only the relevant resources. Read various books, visit websites you like, expand your horizons. Sometimes you may wonder, where the inspiration comes from.
Save the Interesting Links
Use digital bookmarks sites, for example Pinterest, Scoop.it, Delicious or Bundlr to keep interesting material, which you have found on the Internet. Use a digital online reference manager as well such as Zotero, Mendeley or Endnote. It is a useful habit to load citations directly into such manager each time, so you could find it whenever you need.
Before you agree to cooperate with someone on research, think carefully. A good collaborator helps immensely with your own work. A bad one makes your life more difficult and you will unlikely be happy with the result you produce. Besides, try to seek a piece of advice or mentoring from experienced academics.
Movement Is Life
Walk often, go in for jogging, take regular bike rides. This will keep you fit, besides such activities provide a mental space to consider an argument or get new ideas. It is easier for your ideas to appear, when you are in motion and your thoughts are unencumbered.
And don’t forget, that the writing efficiency usually increases during the work, rather than before it. Good luck.