Why should you invest in writing as a researcher?
Have you ever experienced difficulty with expressing all that is on your mind?
Well, I must tell you that every candidate who is into academia faces this struggle most of the time. Whether you are a beginner or already into research, you are most likely to find it difficult to write at least at one point in time in your life.
The fact that researchers spend long hours reading when its time to write we just don't know where to being. This is exactly why we fall into the vicious cycle of reading, forgetting, and re-reading. This can be really frustrating especially when we have fast-approaching deadlines to meet. I have sailed through this experience along with my colleagues.
So to understand this a little better, I recently conducted a quick survey poll on LinkedIn and asked my fellow researchers what they enjoyed the most out of reading, writing, editing, or analyzing. The results were that 57% of them reported reading, 21% analysis,18% writing, and only 4% editing. I am sure these results speak for themselves. Writing and editing were the least preferred by researchers even though they were aware of its relevance in their profession.
Being a good researcher isn't always so easy as it looks. Getting your hands on with writing can certainly impact the quality of your publications. The earlier you learn this, the better is your journey ahead.
Academic or Scientific writing is generally way more complicated than it looks. Hence we cannot take them for granted. Journals worldwide are demanding quality publications. By quality, I mean well-written papers. Thus is not just necessary to have meaningful/scientifically relevant findings in a study but also clearly deliver the message across to the readers. Even though English is the common language preferred for publications in many international peer-reviewed journals, every researcher worldwide may not necessarily be fluent in either British or American English writing styles.
Writing is truly an art that improves only with practice, patience, and time. Being an elite writer who gets their papers published in journals is something every researcher desires for. Knowing that only good writing skills can change the fate of your manuscripts, we need to develop the skills of writing day after day. It is like laying one brick at a time to get a strong building stand up.
So how can you get started?
Every time you read a topic, make notes of the key points you learned. Over the period you will have a collection of points to start writing on something. When you don't understand where to begin, draft an outline or a framework. Always break your tasks into smaller junks or portions. By doing this you will avoid the unnecessary stress of writing that builds up. If you still find it difficult to write always discuss the same with an experienced colleague, ask them for inputs. You can also enroll in online learning courses that are offered across different platforms both free & paid in order to enhance your writing skills.
Try to spend at least 1 hour on 2/3 days of the week to write something on the topic you recently read. It could be a blog post or simply anything. All you have to do is just get started. This will help your thought process to get working and help you generate good sentences. Also, it wouldn't be too much writing and will get you into the habit gradually.
Take small steps every day and you will be closer to your goal of getting better at writing.
In the end, all you need is to give words to your thoughts.