I am currently reading the 2nd edition of this book and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who needs a nudge in the right direction to get them writing up their research. The style is informal and relaxed with plenty of anecdotes and examples I could definitely relate to, I feel much better knowing it isn’t just me that would rather do the ironing than get on and write! I am also reassured that a lot of the activities I have been thinking of as not getting on with my writing are actually part of the ‘writing up’ process and so I have a lot less guilt this week.
That’s true! I’ve come to understand that more of the writing occurs off-writing; that is not penning down or keying in words. Often we are pressured to think that we ought to have all the ideas and then write everything at once. In my case, there are days, penning down a single word or sentence is enough. Couple of days or weeks after I find myself writing 2000 words in just 2 hours. This because I have done much of the writing mentally, reflecting and piecing together ideas like a creative director on a filmset. I have found this style so useful whether writing a thesis or research paper.