- writing classy makes us more believable
- Students try to sound like scholars because it makes them more believable
- Risk of writing stops people from starting
- People believe they will be judged by their colleagues for their first drafts of the work
- People expect certain things and if you don’t fall through on them then they judge you
and don’t think you are a sociologist
- Trusting friends who edit your work is important and their feedback is crucial
- It's easy to think of yourself as a fraud for not behaving as you think others conduct and
write about research. p. 113 Event though you know that people don't do what they say,
it's hard to translate it into gut-level belief. p. 113
- To write one must accept risk that is tempered by trust in yourself and more importantly
trust in others. p.113
- People worry that by showing first drafts to peers, it may tarnish their image. p. 114
- Being untenured and giving it to senior faculty is even more dangerous p. 115
- But who can you trust -- how about people who already know how stupid you are (fellow
graduate students, etc.).
- Sometimes the risk of writing is finding out that you are not who you think you are. p.
- We often believe that talking about work is less risky than writing about it. p. 118.
- But as you write more you begin to realize that the risks are worth taking. p. 119.
- "No one besides me need ever see it -- and I throw it out as quickly as I can. What I
show others are things that I think have some merit, and even the occasional paragraph
that rolls beautifully off the platen. In other words, I have some degree of control over the
risks involved in writing and letting others see what I have done. I am not completely at
anyone's mercy, not even the mercy of my own impossible demands for perfection. I am
allowed to throw things away." p. 119-120.
- Getting your work out the door and to a publisher is the hardest - You want to hang on to it because you think with time you can make it better
- You don’t want others reading your work
- There is always a tension between making something better and getting it out the door.
- Scholarly worlds have a deep ambivathe occaisional paragraph that rolls beautifully off
the platen. In other words, I have some degree of control over the risks involved in
writing and letting others see what I have done. I am not completely at anyone's mercy,
not even the mercy of my own impossible demands for perfection. I am allowed to throw
things away." p. 119-120.
- Scholarly worlds have a deep ambivalence. They feel if they wait long enough they will
improve it. p. 123
- Some people feel that getting things done just to do them smacks of careerism. p. 126
- If you think of scholarly writing as a big game maybe that will help you "wipe out the
screen" of your next paper. p. 127
- Most of the academic world requires work to done to be an active member. If you don't
write it, someone else will. p. 129 Professionals orient themselves to the deadlines and
constraints the disciplines create. p 129
- Science doesn't need masterpieces of prose, just clear, concise writing that suggests
new ideas. p. 131 Don't overwork a paper p. 131
- Sometimes people see things as so complex they can't possible put things in rational