Scientific writing: The right moment

First semesters combine with scientific writing concepts such as creativity and inspiration – and make a fateful mistake.

Because basically it is a confusion of literary-artistic with academic writing. While writing short stories, novels or poetry may make sense in kissing one’s leisure, scientific writing should not wait too long for such a moment. For he replaces neither the necessary text research, nor the study of methods – in the worst case, the so aspired musical moment can also be completely absent.

A finished scientific text that serves its purpose should not be viewed too much as to whether the author was good or bad-tempered, bored or euphoric in writing. Academic texts, such as those produced at universities, do not have the function of shaking, moving, astonishing or enchanting people. Instead, they should reflect the state of research as objectively as possible, discuss theoretical approaches and arrive at correct and comprehensible conclusions.

Scientific copywriting must therefore not be dependent on individual, inspired moments or the search for creative solutions as possible. The hunt for the one (perfectly formulated) sentence can quickly become a time-consuming burden. Depending on the working method, it may be better to relax the requirements a little and to first put keywords or semi-formulated sentences on paper, which are then progressively supplemented and improved. In this way, at least some text comes about and the occasional panic, to be able to show the deadline, disappears.

So the right moment for scientific writing is not always the one where the author feels particularly inspired. The right moment is always when the necessary information is available, the right books have been read and there is time to formulate your own thoughts. The more these moments pile up and become routine, the easier it is to write, and the less the question arises as to the only time.