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Abstract Writing Fast Forward

When you select a conference to attend, the very next thing which comes in your mind is writing an abstract according to the conference guidelines. Then you start to think which work you want to publish in that abstract from all the work you have done in your research. As such there is no set formula for writing abstract and it can depend totally on your work and writing style but however there is good recipe for making a nice abstract which can work almost anywhere.

An abstract is a brief summary of the paper but actually it’s much more than that as it not only say something about your research, but also about yourself, provides an idea of why this abstract provides an added value to the conference. An evaluator will not only study your proposal but also the zeal you have for your topic and the details with which the abstract has been drafted.

Keep these points in mind while writing an abstract

  • Verify that your topic really fits the call for papers
  • Limit yourself to the word count that is indicated by the organizers
  • Follow the instructions for formatting the proposal

I’ve found what really works for me to write an abstract in a fast forward mode. As you have to focus on different sections of an abstract.

The different sections an abstract should generally contain:

Background: Why do we care about the problem and the results?

Objective: What problem are you trying to solve?

Methodology: How you are going to solve the problem?

Results: What were the results of your research?

Conclusions: What are the implications of your answer?

Whenever you need to write an abstract, copy and paste these points into a new document and answer them one by one. Style and grammar don’t matter initially as you have to get the ideas out first.
These answers then make up the first draft of your abstract. Convert the abstract into a readable text, in correct English with proper grammar, making sure the entire abstract flows from its objective towards the conclusions.

How To Make Your Covering Letter Irresistible To Potential Publishers

So, you have finally been able to complete your manuscript and are ready to send it to publishing houses for consideration. You would need to send not only the manuscript but also a synopsis of your write-up and a covering letter along with it. Many writers do not know the significance of a cover letter. They do not understand that it is the first thing that a publishing house would take a look at. Here is how you can make your cover letter irresistible to potential publishers.

Approach the right publishers

Make sure that you approach the right publishers, to begin with. Research variegated publishers and literary agents so that you can evaluate whether they would be interested in publishing your genre of manuscript beforehand itself. For instance, if you have written a work of fiction, then do not send it to journals for publication. Similarly, take time to go through the publication guidelines and editorial rules of the journal. It may not matter how well you have written your cover letter unless and until you send the manuscript to the right publishers.

Do some research

Do some research on whom you need to address the cover letter to and what else you need to add to the cover letter apart from what you have already added. Do not simply address the cover letter to “Respected Sir/Madam.” Instead, find out the last name of the editor and address it to him or her. Keep in mind that you need to grab the attention of the audience of the cover letter. Many editors have to go through several cover letters every month. So, write it so effectively that they will not reject it. Make sure you summarise the central idea of your manuscript and add it to the cover letter before sending it across. Open the cover letter with an exciting quote from your manuscript.

Write a Conference Paper in a Jiffy! Do It or Not?

Having been into blogging for quite a time now, I have been enjoying most writing about writing. It serves as a way to reflect upon my work and use it as a tool to help improvise.

The first and foremost thing that comes to my mind when I talk of writing is that the focus should not be on getting it right, rather it should be on getting it written. There is always scope to get it right later.

Procrastination is a trait we all live with, or rather we are born with. Keep that approach away from writing. However, if you are compelled by it and have as less as 3 days before you got to submit a paper, what do you do? Oh well, nothing, just start getting writing. There isn’t any time there.

1. To begin with, calm down and relax. There isn’t another way to get more organised. If you have already done the task of procrastination, there is a need to take eustress and not distress. Take the pressure as positive pressure and get into the mood. Eustress is good stress; convert your negative pressure into positive pressure. Soulful music or meditation could be helpful here.

2. Productive writing cannot be done without planning. That is imperative and we have been talking about it. Writing plans is something, we all are good at. Like the wise have said, well begun is half done. So planning is must.

3. The next task should be filling up the spaces. There may not be a standard rule to fill the gaps. Some prefer to begin with the introduction while some like to leave it for the end. I suggest, the beginning task should be the simplest for you. It only helps in building up confidence. I repeat again, leave the criticism for later and concentrate on the writing part. Step by step, complete the full paper.

4. Do not stop here, now that you would have followed by advice of focusing on writing and not on writing right. It is one job done. Now you got to make the writing right. Read your paper, not once but again and again, till the time you do not feel confident of your work. Rechecking your work saves you a lot of embarrassment at the end of the reviewers.
5. It wouldn’t get better, if you would get your work checked by your supervisor. If you have shortage of time, as you have delayed it may not be possible to get the feedback of the supervisor so quickly. Do ask for peer help if you feel the need.

6. Do live by the deadline

7. These is essential and NOT TO BE MISSED, treat, yourself for having made the accomplishment. You deserve it so celebrate the way you like.

Find here some amazing tips on how to become an organised writer. Use technology and improvise:

It Never Ends There!

When big tasks need to be completed, you may win some and lose some, the idea is to go on trying. The same holds true for when you are on the task of writing a manuscript. Some people are successful and go on to get themselves published and recognized, the others are not so lucky and need to try again. However, there are those few who need to see what they can do to realize that getting rejected is not the end of the world. Small actions and changes in life will lead you to success.

Take a deep breath: You have been slogging day and night to have your work completed and do it to reach success, you dint, but it doesn’t matter. Take a deep breath, play with your dog, go for a walk, smell the roses and start again. It is bound to work when you feel fuel it with positivity.

Choose to use the stumbling stone: Make sure you do not let your resources and work go for a waste. All or part of your previously done study may be used for the fresh trial and who knows, some of it may even strengthen your work.

Take help, because no mountain is climbed without a harness: When you have your work read and reviewed by someone who knows it well, you may be able to feel safer this time around. Important inputs may be received and you can work around your project in a more prepared manner.

Stay focused and make it till the end: Never lose hope or give up. Big achievements are never easily acquired, you need to put in your heart, soul and sweat into the task to get it done right. Jumping long distance takes a lot of effort and focus.

No task is ever too big, when you know you have no other choice but to achieve it, you know you are in the right direction.

It Doesn’t End at the Content

When you are in the process of writing a research and dream of making it big with your work. You are expected to keep your search diverse and your methods of presentation unique and you need to have accuracy in your work. All said and done, fact is that, just having the right things to show will not suffice for you to actually make it through. There are a whole lot of things that you need to be careful about apart from the content matter itself.

The evaluators check for grammar, spelling and style of writing. This means that if you think you can escape with just crunching numbers and not concentrate on making it sound good, you were going wrong all the while.

There are formatting styles that are expected to be followed by those who write a research. If the formatting is not conformed to, chances are very high that you will have to do it again. No one accepts work that is not in a standard research format.

Having a diverse range of study projection is not enough for having a project get the nod. You need to ensure that the style of presentation is also different and impressive. If the read is interesting along with being accurate, nothing can stop you from your goal.

When you embark on your journey of presenting a research, you need to think beyond content. When you realize that you need to put in a lot more effort in your work apart from gathering the right data there is high possibility of you striking gold. Good things happen with faith, perseverance and out of the box thinking, you know you are smiling all the way when you have it all worked out as a package, when it comes to writing a research paper.