day 3: read before you write
Never stop learning, never stop reading.
Reading is a key step in sustaining a writing habit and improving your writing overall.
If you're interested in "Storytelling in Science", reading press releases and science news is important to develop that skill (in contrast to manuscripts and abstracts).
In the Crystal Clear Writing series, we'll talk about another role that keeping up on the science literature plays.
keeping up with the literature
Keeping up on current literature is a beast all its own.
You can set up search alerts via PubMed (great for updating your dissertation literature reviews).
You can sign up for table of content alerts on journal websites.
You can follow your favorite journals on Twitter and review their feeds for articles they share.
Gathering your reading is step 1 - but reading it is step 2.
Just as you should put aside time during the day to read and answer emails, you should also put aside time during the week to actually read those articles in your inbox.
Remember on Day 2 we talked about Scheduling Time and Making Space?
Quote of the Day
"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time - or the tools - to write.
Simple as that."
- Stephen King
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