A longstanding imaginary-friend-on-the-Internet, who now runs a very successful online business, once said that something I’d said to him years ago had been pivotal to his success. I had no idea what he was talking about. Apparently, back when we were both still trying to figure out what and how to … [Read more...] about Risking doing the work you find meaningful
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:
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...] about How to stop writing for your harshest critics
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...] about Is this Real Writing or procrastination?
I am writing this part way through November. A few years ago Charlotte Frost and her team at PhDtoPublished got the bright idea to make an academic version of #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and call it #AcWriMo. PhDtoPublished is geared to early career researchers and particularly those … [Read more...] about Making writing challenges like #AcWriMo work for you
Higher education is undergoing massive changes. The values that underpin the institutions to which you are committed are contested at all levels, from department meetings to institutional strategies to government policies to public debates. People’s livelihoods are at stake. The whole sector is … [Read more...] about Are you letting fear drive your decisions?