I had a question from a client a couple of weeks ago that I suspect resonates with many academic writers. In The Scholarly Writing Process, I talk about the importance of identifying the audience for the article or book you are writing. You don't need to do this right at the beginning, but knowing … [Read more...]
Developing a Practice
Your academic life is more than a string of articles published, classes taught, and meetings attended. You write because this is how you articulate and develop your ideas. You publish to communicate those ideas to others. Posts in this category help you develop the practices you need to do the work you love well without burning out or compromising your values.
You Need a Writing Practice is a good place to start to investigate the Writing subcategory.
Juggling 101: Elements of a good plan is a good place to start investigating the Planning subcategory.
This is an excerpt from Finding Time for your Scholarly Writing (A Short Guide) which will be published in late March 2018. Further details on the Books page. In this Short Guide I expand on the 3 types of writing time. This excerpt is from the chapter on Short Snatches of time. From the … [Read more...]
I’ve written about focus and distraction before. A recent question during a Meeting With Your Writing has helped me clarify an important underlying principle. There are 2 parts to getting distracted: the trigger and where you go once distracted. These two elements are not completely distinct but … [Read more...]
This is an excerpt from Finding Time for your Scholarly Writing (A Short Guide) which will be published in late March 2018. Further details on the Books page. The research day is a full day each week kept clear of teaching and meetings. The advantage of this way of thinking is that it makes a … [Read more...]
A recent Twitter interaction with another writing coach helped me clarify some of the principles that underpin my approach to academic writing. Please, please, please remember that what is good advice for writers of young adult fantasy is not necessarily good advice for early career researchers! … [Read more...]