Recently, I’ve been writing shorter pieces and have developed a new workflow in Scrivener. At the beginning of a writing session, I work on the text which I’m prepared to write (i.e. I have all the references and ideas fleshed out in an outline). At a certain point though, I lose power with writing and find myself searching for references or outlining ideas.
A workflow I’ve developed to deal with this dip in energy is to use the rest of my writing time to start organizing Research in my scrivener file. (The research tab is always there but I never knew quite what to do with it). This way, when I return to writing the next day, the document is downhill-parked and I can hit the ground running by using Scrivener’s multi-scrivening view to slowly but surely turn my raw research into text.
more here - Taking full advantage of Scrivener’s power for short writing: Streamlining research and writing | Academic workflows on Mac.
In addition to the five reasons to write your thesis in Scrivener there is at least one more: Scrivener provides a possibility of seeing and editing concurrently several snippets of texts. It’s invaluable if you want to align several distant parts of your thesis (e.g. Aims, Discussion and Conclusions):
via One more reason to use Scrivener for thesis writing | Academic workflows on Mac.
Writing a thesis is painful. And it should be. But the pain should rest in wrestling with ideas and data not with software. Scrivener takes the pain out of the software side and ensures that your attention is always in the right place.
more here - 5 reasons to write your thesis in Scrivener | Academic workflows on Mac.
Dear researchers and writers,
As you embark on your research paper for me, I’d like to offer a few thoughts and suggestions.Research can be incredibly fascinating, and it’s something I’ve much enjoyed since beginning high school debate, way back in the fall of 1982. Yes, the glory days—the days of Reagan, Rush, and Blade Runner. Indeed, research can open up entirely new worlds to you; I could only compare it to reading chapter books for the first time and entering the sub-created realms of the best authors. It many ways, though, it proves itself more fulfilling than reading the work of another. You hunt, find, and revel in the words of another, placing each piece of evidence into a larger puzzle, a puzzle that you ultimately build and solve. Research, when done well, increases your knowledge, your wisdom, and your vocabulary, and it gives you a certain gravitas in all areas of your life, professional and otherwise.
more here - Research Papers and Gourmet Cooking- The Imaginative Conservative.
We are all fans of Scrivener, too, for the way it allows the bits and pieces to be moved around, annotated, rejected, resurrected and so on. Two of us are windows folks, the other a Mac. We initially tried using Scrivener and Github, as a way of managing version control over time and to provide access to the latest version simultaneously. This worked fine, for about three days, until I detached the head.
via Historian’s Macroscope- how we’re organizing things | Electric Archaeology.
At this point in my geek-evolution, I have managed to use just about every widget and tool around. Most of them I’ve concluded are like having a baby rattle on a pram. Ultimately you’re occupied, even happy, but someone is pushing you from A to B.
Now when it comes to creating a workflow for writing, it’s actually quite hard if you’ve been bashing the rattle as long as I have. Which tools to choose, which to ditch. So many choices, so many things I tried and abandoned. Worse still, so many things I used in a basic way, avoiding filling out the details. Live in the pram means wasting crazy amounts of time procrastinating, experimenting and avoiding commitment. A decade of using this stuff requires some degree of conscious remedial effort to get out the pram and walk around again.
more here - Academic writing workflow for geeks | Playable.
I’ve used a range of software packages (beyond the obvious) over the last few years. I might review some of them if anyone is interested in anything specific so this is just a list for now.
Scrivener - http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php
NVivo - http://www.qsrinternational.com/#tab_you
Transanna - http://www.transana.org/
Audacity - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audacity
Selfcontrol - http://visitsteve.com/made/selfcontrol/
Scrivener is extremely interesting and I’ll publish a blog post on that at some point soon.
It is a tool for writing large documents (play, book… thesis). It works well for people who need to navigate a lot of materials and keep them stored in one place. Considering the price in particular I would urge anyone writing a thesis to think seriously about using it. Actually, I picked this up from observing how music postgrads and post-docs in our department work.
via Creativity through collaboration: Software for Research.
Maybe it’s that time of summer, but historians seem to be thinking about the tools they use to conduct research. The AHA has set up a Pinterest board called A Digital Tool Box for Historians, my new colleague Stephen Robertson has posted an essay about moving to digital sources, and Nate Kogan has written about his use of Zotero, Word, Scrivener, and Papers 2, though he tweets that I showed him something of Filemaker Pro back in the day.
I figure I’ll throw my hat in with a description of my current process, ugly as it is. I offer this information both to offer and seek help, since I think I am doing some things right but could be doing other things more efficiently.
via My Quirky Workflow | Zachary M. Schrag.
So much has changed in the last few decades, particularly in terms of digitization, in the ways historians access materials, the level and ease of access to those materials, and the methods of delivery for the work that comes from that access. But access is not the only thing that has changed. Working in the digital realm offers historians new tools with which to approach their task, the core of which remains unaffected by these developments. On that theme, I thought I would talk a little bit about my workflow and the tools that I use which allow the work to flow (sorry, couldn’t help myself).
much more here - Digital Workflow for Historians « The Junto.
Unfortunately, collaboration in academic writing often causes frustration. Academics are used to think that co-authoring a manuscripts means emailing back and forth Microsoft Word documents with endless “Track Changes” and “Comments” layered on top of each other. Whereas writing is dominated by Microsoft Word, citation is dominated by EndNote. These expensive solutions are probably favored by universities because they inflate budgets and staff of IT Departments by keeping people suitably occupied with resolving bugs and crashes. Whatever it is, one can’t avoid collaborating with colleagues who use different systems, so here is my experience, pointing that it is both software and other factors which determine success of collaboration.
via Collaboration in academic writing: software and beyond | Academic workflows on Mac.