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I have just had a somewhat humbling experience in academic writing. In my attempt to peddle my computational modeling stuff to U Michigan, I blithely constructed what I thought was a reasonable, concise, and straight-forward 500 word abstract.

Sadly, my advisor didn't agree. It was summarily cut apart, cobbled together, discarded, and generally brutalized. In about half an hour. But what a half an hour.

And when I look at the end result, yes, it's nice and clean-cut. But I clearly didn't write it. The style is blocky (but efficient). Mine is definitely more florid. And I look back at the original one my advisor hated, and I don't really see anything wrong with it still.

Obviously, I need much work in this business of abstract writing.

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bkleber
Sep. 5th, 2003 10:07 am (UTC)
publishing pains
I share your pain. I've published. The editing process hurts. Email me both versions, I'm out of a job and would love to lend a hand if you'll have me.
jalenstrix
Sep. 6th, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: publishing pains
[grin] Thanks for the offer. I would definitely take you up on it had I not already submitted my advisor's version.
larksdream
Sep. 6th, 2003 08:19 pm (UTC)
Moof.
*comforting noises* Poor vivisected abstract!
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