Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Comments and Questions Welcome!

I just wanted to invite readers to post comments or questions. I am very open to writing posts in response to questions that people have, and most certainly would love to hear responses.

So, throw out an issues I may not have touched upon, and I will try my best to post about it ASAP.


  1. I've read here on your blog as well as other dissertation writing books about the importance of free writing or structured free writing every day to get yourself "jumpstarted" into writing. I have a couple questions about this strategy. I presume that free writing is something I should do in the morning or at the beginning of my writing session? Should I do it paper/pencil or on my laptop? The old fashioned way seems to facilitate free-er writing for me, but then I don't know what to do next with the paper? Do I look for nuggets in my writing that could become something in my dissertation and type them in my document somewhere? Or do I just chalk up the experience to a warm-up exercise and don't ever go back to it? Also, a related question, if I start my writing by doing a 15 minute free write, what do I do next? Back to agonizing drafting?? Thanks for any ideas.

  2. Amy,

    Great questions. Thanks for all the fuel for blog posts!! I am going to respond to your questions on a blog post, prior to the end of the weekend!!

    Do you mind if I cut and past your questions and use them as the "structure" for my post?

    Would you like attribution? :)


  3. Yes, of course you can cut and paste, but I'll expect second authorship. Probably not a spot for blog posts on my cv, huh? :)

    1. :) Might want to keep it off your CV for now- chalk it up to good experience! FYI, posted an entry today answering your questions (or trying to at least).


  4. I'd be interested in learning about writing an article proposal for a special edition issue of a journal. Many of the CFPs I've come across only want a proposed article abstract (400-500 words) and a CV before committing to the article itself. I guess since I'm on the subject, if an abstract is submitted does that guarantee publication? Thanks!

  5. Hi Regina,

    No, there is no obligation for them to publish your paper; the special edition editor (usually) has the final say, and the articles "may" go for review, or may be judged only by the editor (depends on the process). That said, if they like your abstract, you are far more likely to have the article published. Also, if you still select a back up journal or two, you can submit to those journals in case of rejection. Pick a couple where the article fits as is. If you cannot find any, you are taking a bit more of a risk.

    If your publication record is still "evolving," and you are concerned if your cv might not be taken seriously, ask the editor or special editions editor if they have anything in mind, and what they thought of your qualifications.

    Hope this helps.