Saturday, April 11, 2009

Making progress

Writing a paper is an iterative process. Figure out what my point is, start writing, change my point, adjust my writing, repeat. The process of rewriting the methods makes me realize it would be better to analyze the data a different way, so I do the analysis over which makes me realize that I need to modify not only my methods but also my conclusions. The new conclusion requires an additional analysis and therefore a further modified conclusion. Writing is very much like sculpture in that it is not so much a question of getting it perfect as getting it good enough that it isn't worth changing.

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