Becoming a Better Writer: Building a Daily Writing Habit
Writing has always been hard for me. For a while, as an engineer, I thought I was safe. Then came writing in grad school. My MS thesis was a painful process in summer 2013 and I vowed I would learn from that. Then last summer, I struggled through my next paper again. In both cases, the process of writing about my work had revealed gaps I wasn’t comfortable with leaving. To overcome that, with my next project, I started writing it out as I worked on it. Even before I had all the results figured out, I started writing it out and working on explaining it. My new problem was just that writing felt like something to avoid. I would decide I needed to write, but start with staring at the blank screen, wandering the internet, or answering e-mail to feel productive, while not accomplishing the important things. Writing is going to be a critical part of my career, so I need it to come more naturally. My plan to reach that, is to form a daily writing habit.