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 <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!
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?
Update #2: Yay! Easily-entertained professional research entomologist with too much time on his hands!
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