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Writing to think, or writing to discover your thoughts

https://phdinahundredsteps.com/2015/11/25/writing-to-think-or-writing-to-discover-your-thoughts/

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Writing to think, or writing to discover your thoughts
I used to work in a university writing centre until quite recently, and the tutors I worked with and I read a great deal and talked a great deal about writing to learn, rather than only about learning to write. More specifically, we talked about writing to think, or writing to discover what it is...

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Writing and thinking

...Writing and thinking have always been a sort of ‘chicken and egg’ issue: which comes first – do I read and think and then start writing, or will the thinking only really come when the writing happens? Or do I just write it all down, and then read, think and edit?

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Writing: turning ideas into practical things

Writing: turning ideas into practical things

‘Writing’ is the formal processes that turns nebulous ideas into a concrete proposal that can be assessed without the author's intervention.

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The writing process

The writing process
  • Step 1: Messy, Informal, Scribbly ... Write down anything that jumps from your research or any crazy thought.
  • Step 2: Creating a Skeleton for the paper. Come up with sections, subheadings.
  • Step 3: Crystallise core arguments. Use stickies to make it more visual.
  • Step 4: Add the words. This is where most people start with, but it succeeds only because of the previous steps.

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