by Shannon Combs Bennett, Student
What do you think the hardest part of writing is? Maybe you find the ideas or planning hard. For me, it is the editing. Self-editing and proof reading are my downfall on many projects. Not only do I find it tedious and boring, the further my writing is away from my “natural” voice the more difficult I find it to correct. English class was never my best subject in school.
Editing is a necessity though for anyone who wants to do any type of writing. In the last module of the course Skill Building: Nuts & Bolts of Reporting Research we are taught about everything you need to think about while you are writing your research. While the list may seem long and intimidating, in the syllabus it is quite a wonderful list to go through. Trust me.
One important thing to keep in mind is, do you have permission to publish certain items? Now, if it is for your files you may not be as concerned about this aspect, but remember citing your sources is vital. If you ever want to publish your work (online or in print) and it contains anything from another person you must get their permission to reprint it. No exceptions. I was excited that this subject was covered because it can be confusing for many people.
Finally the list of suggested reading was excellent. I have added the suggestions to my list of worthwhile books and articles. Yes, another guide I have created. Books, articles, lists of things that are good to re-read or share with others.
Needless to say I was very happy and impressed with this course. I learned a few things from a different aspect and filled in more holes. Yes, sometimes I have to hear things multiple times before it sticks. It is just the way I work. Now, off to write! Those ancestors are not going to report on themselves after all.