Shut Up and Write

A Shut up and Write session with your peers: inspiring and effective!

In a Shut Up and Write session we quietly work together. The shared concentration bubble will give wings to your writing.

Shut Up and Write sessions are free to all (former) participants of my classroom or online courses. If you want to attend, please send me a message so I can register your presence. NB: Bring your own laptop, we are not in a computer classroom.

February 28 – Utrecht – 12.30 – 16.00 hrs, Location: De Uithof, HVDB 2.03
HVDB: Hijmans van den Bergh building:

March 19 – Amsterdam – 9.00 – 12.00 hrs, Location: UMC Amsterdam, room number: follows soon.

Your Personal Preparation

To be productive, it is wise to identify the first tiny steps you need to take, so you will know exactly what to do during the session. Below, I have listed some examples of what these steps may contain:

  1. You have just started your research project
  • Fill in the Question Tool for the Introduction.
  • Write a first rough draft of the Introduction.
  • Search the literature for relevant knowledge and references that shape the territory of your paper – but first, read these Reading Tips and never forget to put the timer.
  • Make a shortlist of the ‘what we already know items’ for the introduction.
  • Find similar papers in your field to study the layout of the Methods section – select the best one to serve as a template.
  • Make the first outline for your Methods in blocks with headings and topics.
  • Look into TheJoy of Writingfor more detailed steps for writing the Methods.
  • Freewrite about your results: What do you expect? Why? What are the specific questions in your project? What will be the contribution of this project? Who will benefit?
  1. You are in the process of gathering your data
  • Any of the above.
  • Describe possible limitations that are emerging about your project (in your freewriting document).
  • Describe unexpected developments in the process: did you change your plan or adjust the research question?
  • Revisit your introduction.
  • Write the first draft of your abstract (leave the final paragraph blank).
  • Compose a working title that describes the result of the study.
  1. All the data is there
  • Any of the above.
  • For the Results section: Always start with the tables and figures. Scan Making_tables_and_figures with tips for making tables and figures.
  • Fill out the Question Tool for the discussion.
  • For each question in the Question Tool: list possible subquestions to address for each move.
  • Create a shortlist of critical reader’s questions related to your results.
  • Write a first sketch of the opening and closing paragraph of the discussion. These two paragraphs will be connected. Check similar articles to see how others did that.
  • List the key messages your discussion should present.
  • Compose a storyline for your discussion that is in line with the red thread in the Results.
  • Check your targeted journal for the required templates (instructions to authors)