The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books by Eviatar Zerubavel, David L. Weimer | | 9780674135864 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books

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

by Eviatar Zerubavel, David L. Weimer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674135865

ISBN-13: 9780674135864

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Harvard

For anyone who has blanched at the uphill prospect of finishing a long piece of writing, this book holds out something more 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

Overview

For anyone who has blanched at the uphill prospect of finishing a long piece of writing, this book holds out something more 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674135864
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
751,295
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments


1. The Clockwork Muse

2. The Writing Schedule
  • Setting Priorities
  • The Writing Session
  • A Time to Write
  • Ideals and Constraints
  • Quiet Times
  • Keeping Your Momentum
  • A-Time and B-Time


3. A Mountain with Stairs
  • Divide and Conquer
  • The Outline
  • Drafts and Revisions


4. The Project Timetable
  • Estimating Length
  • Pacing Yourself
  • Deadlines


5. The Mechanics of Progress
  • Getting Started
  • Moving Along
  • Closing
  • Storage and Retrieval
  • Road Maps and Benchmarks
  • Discipline and Flexibility

  • Notes
  • Index

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