What if I wrote as much as I read? >> Here we go!

As luck (or serendipity) would have it, I came across an article by Matt Might on surviving your PhD on Punya Mishra's blog.

The article in questions talks about the successful qualities of a PhD student - and believe it or not "smarts" isn't one of the qualities.

But more to my point, in his final section "Cogency" he writes:
Generally, grad students don't arrive with the ability to communicate well. This is a skill that they forge in grad school. The sooner acquired, the better.

Unfortunately, the only way to get better at writing is to do a lot of it. 10,000 hours is the magical number folks throw around to become an expert at something. You'll never even get close to 10,000 hours of writing by writing papers.

Assuming negligible practice writing for public consumption before graduate school, if you take six years to get through grad school, you can hit 10,000 hours by writing about 5 hours a day. (Toward the end of a Ph.D., it's not uncommon to break 12 hours of writing in a day.)

That's why I recommend that new students start a blog. Even if no one else reads it, start one. You don't even have to write about your research. Practicing the act of writing is all that matters.

Well hello there!  I hear you loud and clear universe - time to get writing. ;)

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