04/24/14 #BLACKandSTEM

THE WRITING PROCESS!

“Paper, paper, dissertation” has been my motto for the past couple of months.  Needless to say, I am writing.  As #BLACKandSTEM we run into all types of forms of writing – research papers, outlines, blog posts, theses, progress reports, letters – and there are processes to them all.  Today, we will ask, share and support each other!

What writing are you currently working on?

What’s your typical writing process?

What are the areas where you can use some help?

What are your tips for writing?

What are your horror stories?

What are your questions about ownership?

AND ANY OTHER QUESTIONS YOU CAN THINK OF!

Share some of your writing, too!

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2 responses to “04/24/14 #BLACKandSTEM

  1. Currently writing a chapter for “Success Strategies for Women in STEM” based on the highlights from my book “Transforming Your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation: Inspiration and Strategies for Women.”

    Writing is hard! Candles, comfortable seating and making sure to get up every 30 minutes to stretch and relieve eye strain is important.

    Book excerpt:

    While you were growing up there were undoubtedly people who mattered to
    you. Perhaps you looked up to a grandparent who took care of you and your siblings
    while your parents worked, or the professor who spent extra time helping
    you with your thesis. As we get older we tend to forget just how much each of
    us matters and the effect we have on individuals in our community. You
    matter.

    You matter to someone and to a “cause” today. Someone is looking up to you –
    whether it’s a co-worker, a student, or the kid next door – it’s important to recognize
    that because you’ve made it, people admire and respect you, and as a socially
    conscious individual you should take this as a leadership challenge. As we considered
    women in STEM this becomes even more important.

    It is critical that we, as women, inspire and encourage other women to maintain and develop their STEM
    careers as this has a ripple effect when we don’t; not only do we waste talent that
    has taken years to grow and develop but we deter other women from pursuing
    and staying in the profession. Your example impacts society and young women’s
    perceptions of their opportunities in STEM careers. In order to serve the world to
    the best of our ability, we as STEM leaders must encourage other women from all
    walks of life to join us in our mission. We are not monolithic – and that is great!

    STEM careers demand diversity in problem solving among their team members,
    and diversity among women not only allows us to work in various environments
    but also encourages diversity in thoughts and ideas. The result is a solution
    resource that represents perspectives, experience and ultimately produces better
    outcomes. Remember, the value you bring today and in the future – you matter.

  2. Nadia (@LadyNeuro)

    What writing are you currently working on?

    I am currently working on a case report regarding Pituicytoma hopefully to be submitted and published to a medical journal within the next few months. I also have been writing abstracts to submit along with my posters to different conferences. one poster of mine actually went to the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) conference this past March. It was held in Puerto Rico.

    What’s your typical writing process?

    Reading and ALOT of research of previous articles published and of course reviewing my own notes from the long hours that I put into the lab especially paying close attention to key things that can make or break a paper like cytotoxicity levels, any changes in morphology and etc.

    What are the areas where you can use some help?
    I guess with vocabulary and style. I have a BA in Philosophy but I am a research assistant in Neurosurgery (long story) and the writing style is much different.

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