For whatever reason, it's not happening this time. Of course, as a writer, I have plenty of excuses. The main one is that I've covered this material so many times (grant applications, internal reports, blog posts) that I simply can't bring myself to go over it again, even though it's never been written up for a formal publication. But I'm also wondering if microchunking has finally got to me. I find all the Secret Squirrel stuff associated with formal academic publication intensely demotivating these days. What's missing? Conversational cues. Comments. Questions and answers. The silence when I try to write this paper is deafening, unlike the collegiate chatter I have in my head when I'm blogging.
So I'm looking for ideas of how I can get over this. The main one I've had so far is to expand the existing notes by pretending that I'm writing a series of blog posts. (I did consider creating a dedicated Twitter account and twittering the draft manuscript via a hashtag, but at present I'm holding that idea in reserve in case the blogging approach fails).
So, have you found yourself in this situation, and if you have - what did you do about it?