Upgrading text

Storyboarding research

How to do smarter, proactive planning-and-realisation of projects, reports and articles, from the outset.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black storyboards his research before writing down the first draft.
Almost everyone doing research makes a plan before getting started – because we all know that research is time consuming, often expensive and hard to predict. Nowadays too this is often accompanied by some […]

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    Seven upgrade strategies for a problematic article or chapter

Seven upgrade strategies for a problematic article or chapter

Do one thing well. Flatten the structure. Say it once, say it right. Try paragraph re-planning. Make the motivation clearer. Strengthen the argument tokens. Improve the data and exhibits.

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I guess every researcher and academic writer has often faced the task of trying to upgrade a piece of work that just will not come out right. Sometimes […]

What is paragraph re-planning?

Also called ‘reverse outlining’

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When you’ve finished a 30 to 40 page article or chapter, the chances are high that you do not really understand what you’ve written. At research level the argument content is normally complex and it never turns out as planned. During the writing process some points expand, others contract. Some ideas work, while […]

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    The ‘build, blur, corrode’ (BBC) test can help you edit new writing

The ‘build, blur, corrode’ (BBC) test can help you edit new writing

Every part of your text does one of these three things

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The act of writing always involves making a commitment. It is hard for any of us to admit we’ve fallen short somehow in text we have already committed to screen or paper, often at great cost in time and energy. ‘What I have written, I have […]

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