Today I am updating my blog from the Backwoods cabin in Broken Bow, Oklahoma -check out their website http://bluebeavercabins.com/ - I promise you will not be disappointed. This is a wonderful place to slow down and think. If you ever want to get away from the everyday stresses of life. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Here is what I know, so far about professional writing:
I have learned a little about what it takes to be accepted into the professional world called "academia". I have learned that it is more than being well read, it is more than being smart, and it is more than just saying I went to this college and/or studied under that well-known person. It's a lot about how you get the information out about who you are, by speaking with and to professionals in the field you are in and about getting your ideas published in the right publications.
The book I am reading now is titled: Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals: Strategies for Getting Published. In the book I have learned a little about how to choose with journals to even attempt to submit your writing to, It speaks of what is called your "Writer's Identify and of the discourse community to which you might belong. As a beginning writer I am finding tips that go deeper than the process of writing-which I find I still need- to the tips on what I need to do to not only get my name out there but to also get my words out their.
I have made a step in establishing my identity as a part of "academia" by submitting a proposal to speak on an idea I have, now as I prepare that proposal I will write that up and use the ideas I have learned about in these books I am reading to get this idea published to share with a broader audience. This blog was my way to start that writing. I ideally just wanted to write and see how my writing progressed over time. I have noticed over time that I am becoming more confident and it is my hope that the audience that sees this writing becomes more defined as I grow and move into the "discourse community" -the group of like minded people who are experts in the same or relating fields of study-that I will become a part of.
Thank you for reading... Feel free to leave me a comment.
Pearl Garden is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M- Commerce. Follow along as she drops "pearls' of literacy and chronicles her pursuit of her Ed. D in Supervision-Curriculum and Instruction- Elementary Education. Just know that these are the ramblings of a doc student and a lot of what you read is a first draft and will go through some rewrites.