In the intro to A Meeting With Your Writing I ask participants to list everything that comes to mind when they ask this question: “What does this writing project need to move forward?” I give them 30 - 60 seconds to write. Then I ask them to select the thing on that list that they most want to do … [Read more...] about When does Reading count as Writing?
Developing a Practice: Reading
The primary way you engage with new knowledge. Reading underpins your research and writing and your teaching. And yet it is probably the most difficult thing to find time for.
You're tired of the popular misconception that academics get the whole summer off. Are you letting that public perception affect how you work? Are you working indoors at your desk? Are you working during "normal working hours"? Are you avoiding the hammock? The patio? The dock? Are you … [Read more...] about When your work doesn’t look like work
Do you struggle with research because you think you need to be sitting at your desk to do it? I know that schools are really big on sitting still and being quiet as the necessary precursor to doing academic work. You did well in school. But just because that's how school trained you, doesn't mean … [Read more...] about Maybe sitting at your desk to work is the problem
Reading is one of those things that is crucial to your academic work but really hard to find time for. Furthermore, when you do find time to do it, sometimes it's hard to tell whether it's been productive or not. You might spend a lot of time reading with a particular project in mind only to … [Read more...] about Just because it doesn’t feel productive…
In early 2012, Rohan Maitzen published a few very thoughtful posts about what counts are research, the apparent conflict between research and teaching, and related issues. One of these, "When is Reading Research?", really highlights some of the underlying issues. When we talk about “doing … [Read more...] about What is “research”?