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However, the reality may well be that, just like their supervisors, doctoral researchers are writing several things at once. The press to publish early is not necessarily a good thing for the work, let alone for the researcher, and publish-early is clearly a situation which favours some people and types of research over others.
But if doctoral researchers do decide, for whatever reason, to engage in multiple writing tasks at the same time then there are a few issues to consider. These go to both understanding and managing the process of multi-writings. These are 1 connecting, 2 authoring and 3 managing.
This post deals with the first of these. Connecting It is helpful — but not always possible — to be able to make links between the various things that you are writing. Making connections between projects can be quite tricky for researchers who have been working on multiple projects for a long period of time — they may find themselves writing a book about one project, generating papers from a second, and writing work-in-progress conference papers about their latest and third project.
Doctoral researchers are much more likely to have only one big project that they are working on. The question of connections between writings is therefore highly relevant and possible. Connecting means thinking past the cv dimensions of writing and publishing — writing multiple texts is not just about putting it out there, making links with like-minded others and getting some early feedback.
These are all likely and fine reasons to write things alongside the big book. But there are other good reasons to think about why multi-writing alongside the thesis might be good for the thesis itself.
Here, writing and publishing are often done during the project.
Yes, well sometimes they do, of course; when the writing happens depends on the nature of the research itself.
Get it done first, then write, they say. Nor is it helpful if a doctoral researcher tries to publish something that is premature, underbaked, not just ready to see the light of day.
But… The writing that happens during a research project can be very formative. It helps shape the work to come. Writing conference papers and journal articles before a project finishes can be extremely helpful in determining the overall direction that the analysis does or does not take.
So what kind of formative writing might be useful for a thesis? It may be relatively easy to take a piece of the data and test out an analytic or theoretical approach and see how it goes and what it does.
There may be a theme or early morsel that is worth developing ahead of the whole. This trying-it-out is probably the most common way to approach multiple writing from a project.
The writing that is done about a part of the work advances thinking about the whole. Another reason for multi-writing is to build a foundation for the wider work. Sometimes a concept or idea that is important for the overall work may be written early.
Well, perhaps it may take too many words out of the total allowed for the final text.
You can then summarise succinctly, and use the idea to advance your argument. You can save thesis words by writing a key foundational idea first.
My arts education colleagues and I have just done this. Having written the book chapter, we are now able to refer back to it other publications and the final report. We can summarise the chapter contents without having to do all of the nuancing and finessing. We made the case elsewhere, now we can just state it.
But it is very useful to ask yourself when that conference information, call for papers or invitation to write a book chapter comes along: How will this new piece of writing help my overall thinking?
What can I try on for size? Is there an opportunity here to build a foundational concept for my overall argument? How does this writing connect with the whole? And if there is a positive answer to one of these questions, then maybe the additional writing will be worth doing.Anti-LGBT Doc Paul McHugh: I Will Not Be Silenced.
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