1. Check with a statistician/methodologist that your methods are sound.
2. Go to your institution’s policies and double check that your methods have complied with the necessary ethical standards.
3. Agree with your superior/s as to who has responsibility for the writing and submission (ie the first author) and who will be the other authors, preferable in the order in which they will appear.
4. Put down a deadline (yes really) by which you intend to submit the finished article.
5. Work out how you will make time for this addition to your life.
6. Identify in about 12 words what you think the key message of your paper will be.
7. Write down two journals (one hard, one not so hard) that you think will be interested in this message.
8. Give yourself a treat before starting the serious stuff.
'Don't think and then write it down. Think on paper' - Harry Kemelman
'Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a great difference' - Stephen King
'Writing is an inspiration. You start from nothing and learn as you go' - E L Doctorow
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