Last year, I have written 2 application for a post-doctoral research fellowship and have been awarded both. Currently, I am writing an application for a fellowship that will give me some money to spend on for example travel or consumables. As I am in the writing process, I’ve been thinking about what works best for me and thought I’d share that with you.
I have two personal favourite places to write an application. The first one may strike you as a bit odd at first, but it kind of makes sense to me. It would be in a pub. Or train. Or somewhere with a lot of people. Why? I don’t want to be looking at embarrassing Facebook pictures with half a coupé watching them with me. Nor do I want to write an email about my deepest secrets when the barman is reading along. No, I’ll focus on my work as nobody will read along with that. Plus, in places without wireless internet I am not tempted to do a lot of other things. That’s what always happens when you have to do something, right? Other things immediately become more pressing. Writing your mother. Solving the issues with your bank. Anything really. But write. Which means that a place without internet access is a good place to be.
Alternatively, like now, at home. On my sofa. In my pyjamas. With whatever foods and music keep me happy. For all the obvious reasons of course, it’s comfy, I have everything I need. But as witnessed by this post – it is easy to get distracted. I just give myself some time limits for those kind of distractions. Maybe define what is okay to do – like writing a post is okay, but clicking around Facebook for an hour isn’t. And then stick to that.
Right now, time’s up. Gotta back to my application. Let’s hope something good’ll come from it! Now sure about one thing: there is also a part about science communication/outreach… Think I should mention having a blog?! I’ve not been that good at writing regularly…