The writing book I'm rereading (How to Write a Lot, by Paul J. Silvia) says that, in addition to scheduling specific time slots for writing, I should have a list of writing goals that I periodically update. I haven't made such a list yet, because my scheduled writing has only had one goal at a time - the chapter for the Roth book (out any day now), the short essay on evolution for the Darwin-year ASM book (vaporware?), the big review on regulation I'm working on now. What other writing might I want to get done?
Here's my first try at a list of writing goals:
The molecular-biology-focused review of the regulation of competence.
The shorter evolution-focused review of the regulation of competence.
A reworked version the Darwin-year essay for some other destination.
The visiting student's manuscript on Gallibacterium competence (needs only a couple of paragraphs).
The post-doc's first paper on recombination tracts.
The post-doc's first paper on uptake specificity.
A short paper reporting our old results on mucins and transformation.
Future papers (results not in yet)?
A paper on natural competence in E. coli.
A future paper on the phenotypes of the new knockout mutations.
A future paper on recombination tracts.
A future paper on mapping loci that cause strain differences in transformability.
A rant about the inadequacy of current genetics textbooks (for Genetics? Or Nature Reviews Genetics?)