"...As a result, I made modifications to my estimation strategy and had to reestimate and rewrite many parts of the paper."
"Your writing workshop is more than writing. It has reshaped the way I think about my research, organize ideas, and market my contributions to the literature."
"Although I felt the course allowed me to significantly improve the writing of my paper, the biggest contribution was actually how the course forced me to rethink the underlying logic and argument presented. By "building up" from an outline, I was able to see where there were logical gaps in my paper, and therefore where additional analyses or some rearrangement could help drive the argument home for the reader...Needless to say, the paper is much improved as a result".
"The workshop also clarified the main contribution of my paper to me. I had not really realized that I had 2 contributions and therefore tried to push them simultaneously. The course helped me to prioritize one contribution over other and structure the paper correspondingly."
"General audience accessibility, in particular, was something I hadn't considered before, for two reasons: First, I spend most of my time reading specialized field journals. For some reason, I assumed that that's how to write a job market paper. Second, I present my work about 4 times a year to a very specialized audience in my lunch group, in which we are actively discouraged from introducing material accessibly ("skip to the model!"). The writing class taught me that I was terrible at motivating and introducing my ideas to a general-interest audience and gave me a set of tools to fix this problem."
"At first I thought my paper was just about X, that the topic may only get people in the field excited. Through revising the introduction almost every day, I’m thinking that the paper fits into discussion of the more fundamental problem of X and Y. The writing helps me get to this deeper level as it let me think about how readers will take the paper and better understand the problem."
"These are the big picture improvements I made to the paper in the past week: rephrased the sets of findings to one main clear and interesting research question; integrated the research question, findings and contributions into the abstract, and positioned the paper early in the introduction; threw out the irrelevant sections and planned an outline to focus on the main question."