Using Your Writing Time Efficiently
Scientific writing is hard work. Granted, it is not as physically exhausting as swinging a pick or as mentally demanding as solving a nonlinear differential equation but it requires focus and patience. Moreover, the solutions are not exact. You do not draft a document and sit back and say, “Perfect.” No matter how many times you revise a document, you will find phrases that will not sound quite right and the beginnings of sentences in which you feel compelled to state five details at once.
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