academic culture

4 hrs intense work

70 words added to paper –

my brain carries attention

Since moving to Britain and especially since taking up academic writing again, I have found somewhat absurd or at least strange the practice to count progress in words. In my country of origin papers or: Referate – would be measured in pages. And that was that.

Today,I have had to work on the concept of a new PhD-proposal, so 70 words in 4 hrs is actually pretty good: Going back and forth between potential supervisors’ profiles to add some notions to my key words. It is part of the open process of qualitative research I love.


~ by Barbara S on January 21, 2022.

5 Responses to “academic culture”

  1. Does your proposal have a word count or max/min word expectation? There is something pretty awesome about narrowing your written words to only those that add to your intention. Perhaps that is why I find haiku so much fun.

    • I like that as a round-about way of re-framing my issue – btw I think I was just venting because I need to translate feet into metres, stones into kg and now also words into pages. πŸ™‚ – the proposal is quite flexible – 1,000 to 3,000 words if I remember. πŸ˜‰

    • … in other words, you have the ability (within yourself and/or in our dialogue) to read my challenges back to me as koans? Aha, I may take you up on that. Watch this space. πŸ˜€ Thank you.

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