Guided Reflection On Your Writing

David P. Stevens, editor-in-chief of Quality and Safety in Health Care

The following four questions are intended as a guide to reflection on your scholarly writing activities. Upon completing this assessment, you should have a better sense of your goals, challenges, and expectations for yourself as a writer.
1. Do you find writing fun?
  • Which aspects of writing do you find to be fun?
  • Which are filled with dread?
  • Why do you want to write?
2. How frequently do you actually sit down and write for scholarly purposes?
  • How often do you wish you sat down to write?
  • What prevents you from writing as often as you would like?
  • What is one thing you think might help you increase the amount of time you spend writing?
3. Please reflect on your experience writing scholarly papers for publication.
  • How many papers, abstracts and/or posters have you presented or published?
  • If you’ve published or presented formally, what are examples of published work about which you’re particularly proud?
4. What do you consider your strengths in scholarly writing for health care improvement or for other purposes?