Academic work involves long projects. Of the five Lesser known lessons from academia Daniel McCormack discusses, three are about the difficulties of long projects. (He goes into some detail about each of these. I encourage you to read what he has to say in addition to my thoughts.) I want to focus … [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.
The title is a rhetorical question. I know writing is real work, otherwise I wouldn't be running a business supporting academic writers. You know it’s real work. Not only is that, you know it is the work that is going to be most valued when it comes to hiring, promotion, and whatnot. Despite knowing … [Read more...]
Your focus is affected by a lot of different things. It's not the same every time you sit down to write, nor should you expect it to be. Just blocking time, creating a beginning and ending to your writing session, will help you focus, something I discuss in further detail in Energy + Intensity + … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]