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?
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 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?
I have stopped reading the higher education press. From what people share on social media, usually in outrage, I’m pretty sure I’m not missing much. It is increasingly clear to me that there are a few issues that keep circulating. The higher education media are focused on generating outrage and … [Read more...] about I’ve stopped reading the higher education press
If you “like” my page on Facebook, you may have seen me share a couple of articles from On Pasture magazine recently (Part 1; Part 2). This may seem like an odd choice, but they resonated with some thoughts I’d been having about how academics use deadlines and commitments to editors and … [Read more...] about Pressure vs Ease in organizing your work