Thursday, May 15, 2008

writing, writing, writing

I find writing incredibly hard. In the end my writing is quite good but I have never had a good role model for writing, my grad school advisor finds writing really hard as well so that wasn't helpful.

My advisor also never works on more than one paper at a time so it sucked to be their grad student when they were co-authoring papers with other students.

I'm getting better. When I put my mind to it, I can get into a groove and really make progress. Today I spent over two hours working on the paper with my mentor. I think I might actually be able to turn it over to her after a few hours more tomorrow. I hope she's happy with it (actually, I'm hoping she's more than happy with it!), but I'll settle for feeling as though I did enough to help her move it forward.

Wish me luck.

Oh, and I applied for another job today.

And I received a letter from the last TT job I was waiting to hear from. They canceled their search for this year but they're hoping to get the funding for next year so they said they'd keep my materials and I just have to let them know if I want them reactivated. All in all, I was just really impressed they contacted me.


post-doc said...

Good luck - on the paper and the applications! I've made progress on my writing ability during this post-doc so I'm glad to hear the same is happening with you.

Mamabeek said...

Ugh, I have the same problem, I write well, but not easily.

LUCK!! And that's for both the writing and the job.

How satisfying that the one place was interested enough to keep your materials and invite you to recontact them. Ok, maybe not as satisfying as actually becoming employed, but it's a step!

Psych Post Doc said...

Thanks for the comments and the good luck wishes.

I guess the only way to get better at (and perceive it as not so hard) is to just keep writing. At least that is my plan. :)

Mamabeek- I'm trying to not get my hopes up too much about that job that told me to reapply. I don't know if they sent those letters to everyone or if I made some sort of cut. I'm just glad I received something from them given the lack of response from everyone else.