I’ve been working on a manuscript on and off for a few months, but diligently for the past few weeks.
I enjoy writing, and usually start these things with a positive outlook (“My research is awesomesauce :D <3!”), but things go off-kilter when I start to tackle the introduction, and then all hell breaks lose once I get to the discussion.
Usually by the time I hand it in for review, I hate it and wonder why I ever wanted to write the stupid thing in the first place. (In reality, they’re never actually that bad, but I am very supremely excellent at being my own worst critic.)
I got the
dratted draft paper off to my advisor mere moments ago.
And then, probably because I’ve been immersed in the creation (and re-creation… and re-re-creation) of figures for days, I felt compelled to share my manuscript-writing experience in the form of a graph (Fig. 1). Behold:
Fig. 1. Writing a Manuscript, by The Geek In Question
Do any of you go through similar cycles when working on papers? Also. I would be super-entertained if you felt compelled to create your own graph, and share it with me (I’d post it here or share any links!)
Yay! Easily-entertained grad students with too much time on their hands! :D
David Winter from The Atavism gives us another take on the manuscript-writing process (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2. Another take on manuscript-writing, by David Winter from The Atavism
Morgan Jackson at Biodiversity in Focus created this to explain what it’s like Doing Taxonomy (Fig. 3):
Fig. 3. Taxonomic Process Graph, by Morgan Jackson at Biodiversity in Focus
These are great! Any more takers? :D
Update #2: Yay! Easily-entertained professional research entomologist with too much time on his hands! :D
Ted MacRae at Beetles in the Bush shows his version of the ups and downs of entomological research (Fig. 4):
Fig. 4. The ups and downs of bug collecting, by Ted MacRae