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Writing Journals

Keep a writing journal for items (articles, chapters, books) that you read in reference to your writing project. Write down quotes that stand out for you and your thoughts about the quotes and the writing in general. Refer back to the journal often as you are working on your writing project.  You will not use everything in the journal, but it will be helpful to remind you about thoughts you were thinking during the process.

Also, keep a writing journal for random thoughts and ideas that come to you.  Review it a few times a year to see if there are themes that are emerging.  If so, could it be your next project?

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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