I am somewhat allergic to celebrity. I will admit that my tendency is to avoid things that everyone is reading and talking about. However, as I was writing about peer review for my next Short Guide, I realized I needed to do some reading with a particular focus on mindsets and vulnerability. I … [Read more...] about Shame, vulnerability, and academic work
Ethos & Influences
There is lots of advice out there about academic writing and academic careers. Posts in this category elaborate on some of the things mentioned on the about page to give you a better sense of how I approach academic work and the relationship between academic work and other parts of your life. Subcategories include:
You know all about perfectionism and why it isn't equivalent to "striving for excellence" but is actually a psychological problem that seriously hampers your work. (If you don't read the pieces linked here, and maybe talk to a mental health professional.) But I bet you still think striving for … [Read more...] about Don’t do your best!
This is a question that comes up a lot in advice about academic writing, or any kind of writing really. And it came up during the December 2018 Planning Your Winter Semester class in the Academic Writing Studio. A lot of people encourage you to write every day. You may think that because I have … [Read more...] about Write every day?
Today’s article is the latest in a series on Optimizing Focus. Finding it hard to focus is normal. Self-flagellation does not work to improve your focus. Furthermore it takes time and energy that takes you away from your writing; it is another distraction. I firmly believe that you can approach your … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: Meditation as practice & metaphor
I want to write more about some of the practical applications of the general point I made in Communication vs Validation: Why are you publishing?. In particular, I want to connect my approach to writing and publishing with the larger themes of confidence and meaningfulness. This particular post … [Read more...] about What is the point of publishing peer-reviewed articles if you care about changing things out there in the world?