As an academic for half of my career, one of my main tasks has been to edit student term papers, theses, and dissertations. Not surprisingly, such editing requires a draft document to be submitted for review. For a multitude of reasons — perfectionism, a desire to generate yet one more figure, fear of negative feedback, or discomfort with writing in a foreign language — many students procrastinate and often suffer from writer’s block, where the potential author simply stares at the blank page or computer screen without making any progress. The target audience of this article includes not only graduate...

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