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Cuchulainn
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I'm two weeks into writing a fellowship proposal which has a deadline next week and I've practically nothing down - it's just killing me.

It's nothing more than writer's block but it's screwing things up royally. I even stayed at home to work today because the office was like a train station yesterday, but that's not helped.

Anyone any tips?
#1 at 14:46:01 - 09/10/2007
Lutzie
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Write down ANYTHING to do with the subject, no matter how non-sensical it might be.

Try and edit the paragraph one section at a time into something approach coherency, and work from there.
#2 at 14:48:48 - 09/10/2007
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Lutzie said:Write down ANYTHING to do with the subject, no matter how non-sensical it might be.

Try and edit the paragraph one section at a time into something approach coherency, and work from there.


I'm trying the first alright, but it's sloooow!
#3 at 14:51:25 - 09/10/2007
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I'm not sure how relevant it is to your situation but whenever I'm trying to get my head around a design issue or trying to work out how to best present something, I often just draw lots of diagrams with lots of words and how they interrelate (either circling similar things or drawing arrows for ones that follow on from one another, or if they don't relate at all, a division between them). Kinda helps me to focus on which terms and concepts are the most important and which are more ancillary, and crucially the way that they relate to one another (i.e. makes it easier to structure things because it's easy to see where you need to start and where you need to get to).

Which probably doesn't make any sense to you at all, but still...
#4 at 14:56:21 - 09/10/2007
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Start with the easy bit. It's a proposal. So just write a proposal about anything.

I, Cuchulainn, do propose to the dishes every night for a month in return for a blow job from Mrs Cuchulainn every week.
Points of note are:

1: No cassarole dishes
2: No creampie

Signed:



And then edit as necessary. Whenever I get writers block I write a ton of bollocks, edit each line individually, then I can usually see enough sense to start gluing together some actual words. :)
#5 at 14:59:34 - 09/10/2007
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Suddenly half your posts make a lot more sense lutz :)
#6 at 16:12:32 - 10/10/2007
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I thought I'd killed this thread quite neatly too. :)
#7 at 16:40:12 - 10/10/2007
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I did read the replies! got some done, going to work a bit late today to try and get some more done too - thanks everyone!
#8 at 19:07:48 - 10/10/2007
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/Uberbump

Anyone ever written a business strategy or helped to write one? If so, any tips/headers etc. that you found hit well?
#9 at 20:39:07 - 30/07/2009
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Bullet points up the arse, basically. Break everything down as thoroughly as you can. Boldify key words. Investors like focus.

Not that I have a fucking clue... :p
#10 at 20:53:44 - 30/07/2009
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Bullet points would work well. The people reading it are toward the stupid end of the scale.

It's me trying to replace 20 years of things being done one way in a very large company with something completely different despite me having no positional authority. Seems to be going surprisingly well so far, now I just need the pretty words.
#11 at 00:22:19 - 31/07/2009
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I know no-one here should care (especially as you probably have no idea what I'm on about) but...

Fuck me. Whatever it was I wrote seems to have had a bigger impact than anything I've ever done before.

I ended up writing a proposal that would result in a revolution (and I mean a massive shift in everything my department has done, replacing 20 years of work) that I presented to the department head. From that it seems to have spread to company directors and various other areas.

The basic premise was: the current people and management haven't got a clue what they're doing, give it to me to do because etc. and we shall do this instead (it was extremely blunt and some got upset but still agreed.

As a result, I will no longer be working in my current department (this is guaranteed - existing department merging with another and the person that will be in charge off that has told me that I won't be moving with them). I will be promoted several levels and head up a new area. I will be sent to corporate for 'fast track training'.

I only did it because I've tried other people's ways of getting stuff done before, it failed so I had almost given up. This was supposed to be the all or nothing then move on if they rejected it.

If anyone ever says to keep your head down and go with it, as long as you believe it and know you're in a strong position, just do what your heart tells you.

I'm sure HR will fuck it up or someone will lose their bottle but so far I'm a little bit shocked at what looks like actual progress.
#12 at 02:18:39 - 09/10/2009
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Awesome timing too because I'm away on holiday for two weeks so I can leave while happy.

/does very rare happy dance
#13 at 02:22:13 - 09/10/2009
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Top props to you!

I too seem to be having weird success at work, mostly because I've managed to come up with a cheap and quick way of replacing a 20 year old database system on an old vax machine that costs 12,000 a year to maintain and keep up and running.

It's almost depressing that 20 years worth of database stuff can be compressed and fitted into about 280mb

Nice one M_E you'll be running the place before long and tubbing secretaries in the stationary cupboard!
#14 at 09:52:18 - 09/10/2009
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Dear management: you all suck, I should be King.

/send
#15 at 11:45:54 - 09/10/2009
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It's incredible how many ancient systems still exist in companies despite costing them a fortune or causeing them a huge amount of problems. People seem terrified of change or making a decision. Also...

peej said:vax machine


I read that as fax machine first time. :)

That's pretty much the gist of what I wrote, NY, (plus why, how etc.) except I named everyone that should be involved but didn't name the manager or put my name anywhere.

Every time I presented it to someone they immediately said "well this would be you then", referring to the person in charge, and I responded with "if you think I'm the best person then sure".

:D
#16 at 15:11:31 - 09/10/2009
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Sounds like you made the right move there. Congrats! :)
#17 at 15:58:53 - 09/10/2009
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Nice work M_E !
#18 at 17:08:38 - 09/10/2009
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Minor rant about that which isn't very important :)

Micro_Explosion said:
I'm sure HR will fuck it up or someone will lose their bottle but so far I'm a little bit shocked at what looks like actual progress.


Replace HR with the head of department and you've pretty much got where I am with this now. He doesn't have the balls to make a single solid decision and follow it through.

My direct boss asked to take early retirement while I was on holiday and went one week after I got back (he always managed to keep me amused), there is no replacement and the former head of department (quite rightly) asked me (shouted at me) "what the fuck are you doing working for these idiots?", and he's right.

I have a meeting with the head of department on Monday decides whether I quit or not. If I don't hear what I want to hear or he cancels then I'll be sending out CVs next week :)

The thought of getting away from this sleepy town is the most appealing part of it all.
#19 at 22:39:57 - 06/11/2009
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You're movin' on up, or movin' on out!

Time to break free!

Nooothin' can stop ya!
#20 at 16:53:08 - 07/11/2009
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Need to have a rant somewhere.

There's something wrong with me that I cannot give up on something when I know I'm right. Anyone else would have walked away by now but I've never quit anything in my life. Ever.

I currently have no boss (other than one guy to approve my hours on the computer system). People across the company are telling me how good my reputation is and I've seen an unofficial draft job role which might as well have me being in charge of the company given what it covers so there's one potentially good thing that may have happened.

People are desperately asking me to do what a department of 100 people are currently employed to do because they trust me to deliver what they can't.

Every week someone else offers me a job working for them without me asking once.

I'm being sent to Italy for training by the giant parent company, the only person from a site of thousands.

Being very good at what you do should make things easy. I see other people that can't see beyond what is right in front of them and they are happy, the only person that has ever put pressure on me is me and it has driven me to be what I am but...

There is a nagging thought that if I don't break away soon then I'm heading on a downward spiral and I don't think I like the thought of where that could take me.
#21 at 18:50:15 - 04/12/2009
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In fact if I was married with kids then I wouldn't give a fuck about any of this. I would have something more important that a 'career' to care about :(


...think I'm going to get a drink and try to refocus on my nihilistic side :P
#22 at 18:52:11 - 04/12/2009
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Here's how I see it: you've got to be satisfied once you're on your deadbed.

Obvious, but so true.
#23 at 19:33:37 - 04/12/2009
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I used to come out with a cheesy phrase to describe dissatisfaction in life, or just making sure you go for it when the opportunity arises. If you believe in all that bollocks about an in-flight movie, the best moments of your life being played out at the end just before you wheeze, fart and breathe your last - make sure it's a good movie, one worth watching. Plenty of action, plenty of saucy bits and plenty of golden moments that are yours and yours alone.

#24 at 14:42:21 - 05/12/2009
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...and on the writer's block side of things, getting back on topic - I've got it chronically bad at the moment. I've narrowed it down to writing reviews. I need to stop in the new year and start getting back into writing fiction again, I reckon. Even the worst of my creative writing is better than the very best I can wring out of my dictionary when it comes to writing about games.

#25 at 14:43:37 - 05/12/2009
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I sense a Bayonetta spankfic on the way.
#26 at 14:50:23 - 05/12/2009
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Heh, not quite. Just a twisted immoral tale I've had on the backburner for a while.
#27 at 08:50:15 - 07/12/2009
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Hehe, what is it with everyone on here writing dark, twisted stuff? :)

Very cool, though, peej. Didn't have you down as the pour-soul-onto-page type ;)
#28 at 12:56:06 - 07/12/2009
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I'm a happy soul really.

Dark twisted stuff is easier to write, though this isn't all doom and gloom, it's got a rather sick sense of humour running through it like a thread of gold amongst the leaden stuff.

Entirely different to the stuff you've seen here and elsewhere though.
#29 at 12:59:15 - 07/12/2009
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I'd love to read something if you've got anything to shoot my way.
#30 at 13:16:46 - 07/12/2009

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