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The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations & Books

The Clockwork Muse A Practical Guide to Writing Theses Dissertations Books For anyone who has blanched at the uphill prospect of finishing a long piece of writing this book holds out something practical than hope it offers a plan The Clockwork Muse is designed to help prosp

  • Title: The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations & Books
  • Author: Eviatar Zerubavel
  • ISBN: 9780674135864
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • For anyone who has blanched at the uphill prospect of finishing a long piece of writing, this book holds out something practical than hope it offers a plan The Clockwork Muse is designed to help prospective authors develop a workable timetable for completing long and often formidable projects.The idea of dashing off a manuscript in a fit of manic inspiration may beFor anyone who has blanched at the uphill prospect of finishing a long piece of writing, this book holds out something practical than hope it offers a plan The Clockwork Muse is designed to help prospective authors develop a workable timetable for completing long and often formidable projects.The idea of dashing off a manuscript in a fit of manic inspiration may be romantic, but it is not particularly practical Instead, Eviatar Zerubavel, a prolific and successful author, describes how to set up a writing schedule and regular work habits that will take most of the anxiety and procrastination out of long term writing, and even make it enjoyable The dreaded writer s block often turns out to be simply a need for a better grasp of the temporal organization of work.The Clockwork Muse rethinks the writing process in terms of time and organization It offers writers a simple yet comprehensive framework that considers such variables as when to write, for how long, and how often, while keeping a sense of momentum throughout the entire project It shows how to set priorities, balance ideals against constraints, and find the ideal time to write.For all those whose writing has languished, waiting for the right moment, The Clockwork Muse announces that the moment has arrived.

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    1. With amazing reliability, I find that the most useful advice sounds (at least in retrospect) obvious. In the case of Eviatar Zerubavel’s The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books this advice can be succinctly summarized: to become an author, you must complete a manuscript. On paper, this looks painfully obvious. However, as a tenured sociology professor and author of ten, single-authored books, Zerubavel knows why it must be stated; over the course of hi [...]

    2. A useful book on planning out your writing that you can read in little more than an hour. I think his strategies are worth trying. I have a short project to do, so I'll start there (the book is really about working on long projects, but the same principles would apply).

    3. The best thing about this book is that this guy is teaching you how to create the best situations in which to write really well, and his book is actually GORGEOUSLY written. So I'm going to be taking his advice, for sure, yeah.

    4. This book is wonderful. I used it in writing a thesis.I read it some time ago but never wrote a review for it. The author begins by explaining that he is not going to teach the reader to write but how to set up a writing schedule and organize a large project like a master's thesis, doctoral dissertation, or even a book. He is an experienced writer and academic who has written all 3 so he knows what challenges we face in writing large projects.He first offers help in setting a schedule for writin [...]

    5. While I don't think of myself as an aspiring author at this point in my life, I am faced with the dreadful task of writing my master's thesis and I thought, sure why not, I will read a manual, it might help. Even though thinking about writing gives me instant anxiety and thoughts of how nice it would be if I could sleep forever and never face the act of writing ever again. But yeah anyway, I am sure this little book could be helpful to somebody who has never written a structured longer piece of [...]

    6. As a graduate student who has just started work on a dissertation, I have become very interested in strategies for efficient writing. I don't want to be ABD forever!Zerubavel's book has some excellent advice in it, although he admits in the introduction that not all of it will work for everyone (however, he does also imply that this might be due to personal failings among more schedule-averse readers). Overall, the idea of setting aside specific blocks of time for uninterrupted writing makes per [...]

    7. I highly recommend this book for anyone bookshelf really. This book was spoke to me not at me and the author left the decision on what to do in the reader's hands. The suggestions he made to his reader were made so gently that it made it that much easier for me to take them but he also backed up those advice with examples and his own experiences. I am still rereading some sections, it's that good of a read.

    8. Once again, read this as a homework assignment, but it was interesting and engaging enough that I'd thought I'd throw it up here. Zerubavel offers very practical, thorough advice on how to get a long piece of writing done, like a dissertation or a book. While I imagine his obsession with schedules and timetables is far more useful for academics working with more structured writing, there is possibly good advice for anyone wanting to write any genre here. I'll probably revisit this book before be [...]

    9. Good ideas for structuring writing time. Many I have observed while here at NHC. Break work into sections, think of your manuscript as a collection of smaller pieces, write outline or roadmap but revise it when necessary, make schedule or timetable, make deadlines, writing is perseverance, balancing life and writing, write a first draft before editing, write linearly (not in circles) even with editing, move on by closing the section, let go and write first draft in a relaxed manner, don't reread [...]

    10. Overall, I think it is good for new writers to read this. Even tho I'm 40 and working on my dissertation, employed as a curriculum developer (think writing), I found the book helpful to think about this very different kind of writing. There are fabulous examples of project plans, or what you should be planning for your project. Some quotes that struck me as I read.p. 48 "In reality, writing is virtually inseparable from the process of developing our idea." Too many people I know think you sit do [...]

    11. Much of this is good solid advice, which you would find in most books on writing or time management. What was different was the advice to write large projects from start to finish, rewriting the entire thing multiple times rather than finishing small chunks that will then build to a whole. This is what I ended up doing when revising my book, and I wonder if doing it from the beginning would have made the whole process of writing a book as well as my earlier dissertation easier. I read this becau [...]

    12. This is a very fast read with a lot of valuable information for the individual writer. This book will not make you a good writer but will help you to put processes and practices in place so that you can write. I only give this book a three-star rating because I feel the author could have sufficiently covered the material in about half the pages. There was a lot of repetition that seemed superfluous.I will keep this book nearby as I continue with my Capstone project. The tidbits of advice may ser [...]

    13. The ideas in this book are not new: Set deadlines. Set a schedule. Pad both. Be responsive to demands in your life and your own natural work habits, but don't give in. If you are well-versed in efficiency literature, this book is just a good, quick read to remind you of various techniques. If you're not, and you're terrified of how to actually finish a big project---read this book. It will help you.

    14. This book about saving time was a big waste of time. I had to read it for a class, and if I hadn't, I would have quit reading. I consider myself fairly good at time management and I haven't had a problem completing things, so perhaps I'm not the target audience, but every piece of advice given stressed me out tremendously more than the thought of a huge project. I only recommend this book if you have an actual issue with time management and charts don't stress you out.

    15. Short book mainly on topics related to creating a writing schedule, with strategies on how to plow through long projects. One of the most helpful pieces of advice was to work all the way through each draft rather than revising as you go along, for reasons such as knowing what to expect (no last-minute surprises, like discovering your last chapter will actually take a couple more years to research/write), maintaining consistent quality, voice, and a stronger overall structure.

    16. Demystifying the work behind long-term writing projects, Zerubavel provides a template, bordering on obsessive (color-coded notecards outlining chapters) that nonetheless provides inspiration for greater self-discipline and forgiveness in even the most resistant, perfectionistic, lazy writer (me).

    17. A good framework provided by Zerubavel outlining how to complete large writing tasks. His detailed suggestions on how to temporally construct timelines and schedules is quite helpful. I will most likely be refering back to this text as I progress further in my dissertation.

    18. A crucial help for my style of working on big projects. Great pointers for organizing files and version control--how to pick up where you left off without losing time figuring out what you forgot you already did.

    19. Very practical book. It's short and has an index if you want to refresh your memory about a certain topic. The techniques described were helpful.

    20. A book full of information about how to find time to actually write. Worth the read, which only takes a couple of hours.

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