Since the election and inauguration of the 45th President of the United States there has been a surge of political activity. Many of my clients and the academics I follow on social media are posting more about the political situation, including about their own political activism. I know that you … [Read more...]
Developing a Practice
Your academic life is more than a string of articles published, classes taught, and meetings attended. My posts shift the focus from the products of your work to the PRACTICE of your work. You write because this is how you articulate and develop your ideas. You publish to communicate those ideas to others. Posts in this larger category help you develop the practices you need to do the work you love well without burning out. Sub-categories help you find specific advice for specific areas of your practice.
Another excerpt from The Scholarly Writing Process (Short Guide #1). This is the conclusion. I have argued that scholarly writing is more than merely the production of specific publications. The term “writing” refers to both the process of translating ideas in our heads into words on a page … [Read more...]
I’ve written before about how to write an abstract for something you haven’t written yet and how to write an abstract for a finished piece. Both of these situations are usually responding to some external need: a call for papers, or a requirement of the journal or book publisher. In those other … [Read more...]
I've been working on a series of Short Guides and the first one is now available. Designed to refer to whenever you get stuck, The Scholarly Writing Process (Short Guide 1) breaks down the scholarly writing process into stages and provides both a description of that stage and writing prompts to help … [Read more...]
Today is the publication date of the first in a series of Short Guides: The Scholarly Writing Process. It seems appropriate to tell you a bit about my own writing process and how this particular guide came to be. Beginnings Last spring I read a review of Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic in Open Letters … [Read more...]