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Beginning to write

Before beginning a writing project, remember the acronym PROCEED.

P – possess a positive attitude

R – read efficiently to understand the subject you’ll  be writing about

O – organize your time to make room for the project

C – create a working environment that will nurture you during the project

E – extend your note taking and writing skills using processes such as mind mapping, record keeping, or PIE writing.

E – enter your information into a computer, journal, dictaphone, or writing pad

D – design a survival kit*

*Survival Kit suggestions

computer, pencils, ruler, dictionary, scissors, bookcase, highlighters, calculator, clock, modem, pencil sharpener, graph paper, thesaurus, 3-hole punch, writing table, colored pens or pencils, index cards, comfortable chairs, printer, paper, erasers, wastebasket, tape, paper clips, surge protector, back up system, favorite pen, favorite cup, tea or coffee or other favorite drink, protein such as protein bars or nuts, and chocolate, or other favorite food.

Reference: Marilyn Simon (1998) “The Dissertation and Research Cookbook” Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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