One of the issues that has come up in the Academic Writing Studio is the relationship between motivation to write and finding the writing you need to do meaningful. This is not a new problem but the current crisis may have brought it to the fore. You may already struggle to prioritize writing or … [Read more...] about Writing & research in the summer of the pandemic
Developing a Practice: Writing
Writing is central to your scholarly work and identity. And yet, you struggle to find time and motivation to do it. Posts in this category focus on the process of writing as a whole. They will help you establish an effective writing practice that enables you to pursue your curiosity, create knowledge, and communicate that knowledge through publications.
You Need a Writing Practice is a good place to start.
Using all 3 types of writing time will help you imagine how you can fit writing in even when you are also juggling teaching, meetings, and so on. It also helps you understand how your writing practice may shift with the seasons of the academic year.
Note: I wrote this just before the pandemic situation started to impact academic workloads in the UK, US, and Canada. I am publishing it as a reminder that things would already have been in transition at this time of year. I will be publishing more about the specific impacts of the pandemic response … [Read more...] about Transitioning to summer
Anna Clemens and I have been following each other on Twitter for a while. She provides editing and grant writing support for scientists and asked me if I could write something about reviewing the year for her blog. This is what I wrote. Review your scientific writing year (2019) Because her people … [Read more...] about Reviewing your writing accomplishments
When I talked to Katherine Firth, one of the things that came up was the frustration that comes from the writing process taking longer than expected. (The link goes right to the bit of the video where we talk about this.) This happens at all stages of the process because all academic writing … [Read more...] about Revision following peer review is a normal part of the scholarly writing process
If you are new here, I’ve been writing a series about Optimizing Focus. The general principles are outlined in Optimizing Focus: 3 elements to consider. Links to other posts in the series are at the bottom of that one. One of the elements that effects your focus is the context in which you are … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: Do you have too many active writing projects?