Over the winter break, no doubt most of you will be hard at work on the first draft of your master’s projects and theses! Here are some ways to get help before your draft is due, along with some helpful resources and strategies for getting that draft done.
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Where to get help:
Journalism Library hours (re-opens January 2nd)
Contact information for librarians, arranged by subject expertise
For journalism help: email firstname.lastname@example.org (Starr will be back January 13th; her colleagues will be answering this email address until she gets back.)
Writing and editing resources:
Keep it real: everything you need to know about researching and writing creative nonfiction, edited by Lee Gutkind and Hattie Fletcher.
A field guide for immersion writing: memoir, journalism, and travel, by Robin Hemley.
Good writing for journalists: narrative, style, structure, by Angela Phillips.
Art of editing, by Manohar Puri. (eBook!)
The elements of editing: a modern guide for editors and journalists, by Arthur Plotnik. (eBook!)
And finally, here's a list of books at Columbia on writing for Journalists, in English, published in 1995 or after.
Project/Thesis tips and strategies:
You are not alone—all your classmates (and those before you) have faced feelings of anxiety, failure, and inability related to this project. You may feel like you’re the only one struggling, but all of us who have trudged the halls of graduate school have faced similar feelings. Reach out for the support of your classmates—they probably need to vent their frustration, too.
Work in small increments, like half an hour. Even a little progress is something. Facing the seemingly insurmountable goal of writing your entire project can seem daunting, but you get it done by just breaking it down into tiny pieces.
Don’t strive for perfection, strive for DONE.