Peter Timusk, Centre for Special Business Projects, Statistics Canada. Abstract This talk will present how an author approached the task of writing a SAS Global Forum paper starting almost a year before the paper was presented. The scope of the paper and degree of difficulty of the topic will also be discussed and compared to an assessment of some papers presented at SAS Global Forum 2012.... Abstract (continued) This assessment of papers presented in the past allowed the author to write a straight forward paper that in the end was accepted for SAS Global Forum 2013. Timeline for SAS Global Forum 2014 March 23-26, 2014. Preliminary Agenda/Content November 2013. Registration Opens October 2013. Call for Content Opens July 2013 (Next Month). Timeline for SAS Global Forum 2013 April 28-May 1, 2013. Conference Schedule and Abstracts Available on the Web 2013. Call for Papers Closed November 19th, 2012. Call for Papers Opened August 28th, 2012. Timeline for SAS Global Forum 2013 (more detail from author’s tasks perspective) Conference Schedule and Abstracts Available on the Web early 2013 also about February 14th. Decision about paper’s acceptance February 14th. Call for Papers Closed November 19th, 2012. Call for Papers Opened August 28th, 2012. Timeline for SAS Global Forum 2013 (more detail from author’s tasks perspective) April 28-May 1, 2013. April 14, 2013 Deadline for Presentations to be Uploaded. March 14th Papers Deadline for Papers to be Uploaded. My method… Think of four paper topics and write titles down. Spend a few minutes each day thinking about the topic and the code you might use. Start writing the paper(s). Get a co-worker to read the paper and be open to changes Writing and speaking The presentation also takes thought but should write itself once the paper is completed. Plan to submit a draft by the deadline that is almost the final draft. Think through the talk, may be give the talk as a practice run to some coworkers. Example my four ideas for 2014 1. Double Checking and Text Parsing: Data dependent problems. [ cover: Perl Match, sub string, length] 2. Two Good SAS Programers are Better than One Great Programmer. [ cover: power programming, one programmer retires, intellectual property management, knowledge management] Example my four ideas for 2014 3. Looping Through Error Checking. [cover: how I improved a weak program that needs to process error files and ignore false positives] 4. Just a DOS Command Loop Macro Program. [cover: making folders, searching SAS programs as text variables and look for a macro variable assignment of a dataset name and then copy just that dataset to a new location.] Resources Blogs at SAS.com have tips for writing a SAS global forum paper and tips for writing presentations. Questions?