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In our March “how can we help you?” thread, a grad student asks:

Do you have any advice for when one’s ability to ask questions and talk philosophy outpaces one’s ability to write? How to catch up on philosophical writing in that regard? Thank you!

Good question, and I’m curious whether any other grad students or faculty have any helpful tips. I guess the two tips that I would offer in this situation are:

Write every day: make yourself write something like 500 words a day, without worrying about editing. Even if it’s just sketching out an argument, the more you write, the better you’ll get at it.
Consider ‘talking out’ papers: literally, try to give a ‘lecture’ on what you want to write, recording yourself. If you’re really good at talking philosophy, you might be able to take what you’ve recorded and translate it to paper in written form. Kripke’s Naming & Necessity was a series of lectures. None of us are Kripke, of course, but if you’re good at talking philosophy, this approach might be helpful.

Anyway, these are just a few simple suggestions. What do you all think? It would be great to hear from others who have grappled with this issue successfully. Which strategies did yo find to be helpful?

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