Rules for writing paper
- Do the figures; iterate the figures until they display main points.
- Do the figure captions; iterate until they tell main story of paper.
- Do the table; iterate until most relevant and smallest set of numbers
with fewest digits remain.
- Do the table captions; what story should caption tell?
- Do the equations; iterate until least number capture physics in
terms of carefully chosen and already defined symbols.
- Do the references; capture most relevant papers.
- Estimate number of paragaphs to fill part of paper not devoted to
non-text material. Assume 30 lines per double-space page and 10-15
lines per paragraph.
iterate until each topic sentences captures the essence of the paragraph
and you have correct number for length.
- Write sentences: known subject drives to new concept.
[use present-tense active-voice verb]
Rules for preparing talk/viewgraphs
- Decide on take-home message.
What do you want listeners to carry away?
Design talk to that aim.
- Pick figures and illustrations that deliver take-home message.
- On each viewgraph, put
- Title that summarize subject of viewgraph.
- Carefully formulated argument.
- Conclusion of argument at bottom of viewgraph.
- Practice for:
- Length. Shorter is better.
- Connectivity. Cleanly segue
from one viewgraph to the next.
- Clarity . Formulate your ideas accurately and concisely.
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Brief Guide to Writing and Speaking
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