Papers don't write themselves: Creating a system to support writing productivity

Kristin K. Janke, Cortney M. Mospan, Jeff Cain

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Introduction: To be a successful academic writer, we need a strong awareness of the circumstances that support our writing productivity. Commentary: First and foremost, writing requires time-on-task. To obtain focused, effective writing time, we may need to increase our accountability related to writing. In addition, each writer needs a writing system - a set of processes that helps them to reliably complete their writing work. To build an effective writing system, we advocate for observation, reflection, and experimentation related to our writing processes. In particular, examination of the what, where, when, and how of writing is critical. Strategies for optimizing productivity during writing sessions are also needed. Implications: Strengthening writing productivity requires mechanisms for accountability, awareness of our writing process, and strategies to enhance the effectiveness of each writing session.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-971
Number of pages7
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2019

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  • Academic writing
  • Accountability
  • Productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy


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