Candid Engineer points out something that I think all of us find as a challenge -- actually getting work out in the form of papers. I like to solve puzzles and understand the world around me. It's what drives me as a scientist.
On the other hand, it's a minority of results that are fun to write up and the publication process is always painful. So I, too, have to watch the tendency to learn the results and then move on. This is specially true if you take on a high risk project and the results are a bit disappointing.
My most recently submitted paper was analyzed 2 years ago and it took a lot of effort to clean it up until it could be submitted. Not a fun process.
But sticking with it is crucial. It's the only way to really let others know what you have done and really push science forward!
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