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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Hello Again Prawfs

I'm very excited to be back on Prawfs.  For my money, blogging on this site before going on the market was an unreservedly positive experience: I got exposure to folks I would never have "met," got to discuss issues that were of interest to me,  test out some ideas and, as one of my new colleagues said the other day of blogging, got to exercise my writing muscles.  That's what I need right now; my writing muscles have atrophied over the past six months or so. Thus, I'm particularly grateful to be blogging this month.  

Before October, when writing took a back seat to job searching, I was writing about the criminal justice system's response to police as suspects and defendants, so some of my posts will be about that including one I hope to post today or tomorrow, with the teaser title "The Most Inappropriate Comment from a Police Union Yet?" I also hope to write a little bit about my experience on the market and some other areas that interest me but aren't in my typical wheelhouse.  

A quick group therapy question -- do others fear each time they finish an article that it will surely be the last (g00d) idea they ever have? I've only written a few articles but feel this acutely each time I'm faced with a blank slate.  Tips on breaking through this wall?  

Posted by Kate Levine on May 4, 2016 at 02:47 PM in Blogging | Permalink

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I'm particularly grateful to be blogging this month But I have not found any good ideas in the past few months. I got lost in the thought of how to write a great blog

Posted by: Katty Kerr | Oct 16, 2017 4:51:02 AM

Thanks Andres and Orin. Both heartening and disheartening to know that extremely prolific scholars continue to experience terror (maybe that's hyperbole) facing a blank page.

Posted by: John David | Oct 16, 2017 4:42:21 AM

Thanks Andres and Orin. Both heartening and disheartening to know that extremely prolific scholars continue to experience terror (maybe that's hyperbole) facing a blank page.

Posted by: Kate Levine | May 10, 2016 2:48:31 PM

FWIW, I've written more than 50 articles in the last 15 years, and I am still anxious that I will run out of ideas for my next article. Even if I have three or four articles ideas that I'm enthusiastic about and plan to write, which will keep me occupied for a while, I'm anxious that I'll run out of ideas after I finish them, I think the anxiety makes some sense; we rely on the creative spark of article ideas, so we're naturally anxious that the ideas will end. Either that or we're neurotic. Or both.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | May 10, 2016 12:08:11 AM

I'll chime into group therapy to say that I empathize. (I'm also fresh off the market.) As Andres suggests, I have a running doc, but it can be disheartening to run down the list ticking off "wrong," "not a whole paper," "that's a question, not an idea," etc.

I'd be grateful for any other suggestions!

Posted by: Lady Fellow | May 5, 2016 4:16:55 PM

That feeling was inescapable my first year or two. Solution: Evernote. I have a tag in it called "paper ideas." Every stray thought, question, issue, case, abstract that crosses my mind and could become a paper gets turned into a note with the tag "paper ideas." Nearly all are total garbage, but it's reassuring to know that there are dozens of things that maybe possibly contain the tiniest bit of the start of an article. And of course, you don't have to use Evernote; I used to just have a Word doc called "paper ideas" that did the same thing, and a paper notebook works just as well too. So long as you have a place to write the thoughts down before they're gone, it'll work.

Posted by: Andres Sawicki | May 4, 2016 5:10:21 PM

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