The Library contains posts on topics related to my work as Academic Career Guide and director of the Academic Writing Studio. The best point of entry is the library homepage, which highlights a few posts on key topics and facilitates navigation by category. The search box in the navigation bar … [Read more...] about Recent additions
[If you would prefer to listen to this article, you can also find it on Soundcloud.] This is a follow up to the post about being an academic in dystopian times in which I encouraged you to : "Double down on the work that is meaningful to you. What makes your teaching meaningful to you? What … [Read more...] about Prioritising meaningful work when you are feeling overwhelmed and powerless
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 … [Read more...] about I wrote a thing about reviewing your writing accomplishments
(If you'd rather listen than read, I recorded this and you can find it on Soundcloud: audio version) I wrote a couple of posts about how you keep going while the world descends into fascism in the wake of the 2016 US election, and then again after I can't even remember which horrific white … [Read more...] about Being an academic in dystopian times, reprise
Your employer exploits the fact that you love your work (or aspects of it) to avoid addressing serious workload pressures, to avoid the cost of appropriate staffing levels, to justifying paying you less, and to avoid addressing the mental health issues that arise from those other things. You might … [Read more...] about Lies you’ve been told about loving your work
Academic staff at 60 UK universities are on strike from 25 November to 4 December. The week before the strike, I saw some Twitter conversations about the upcoming strike, workload, and the fact that some folks are so overloaded they are apologising in meetings for not being able to speak coherently. … [Read more...] about Mid-semester burnout
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
The 4th book in my Short Guides series, Peer Review (A Short Guide), will be published on 15 November 2019. Preorders are available wherever you buy books. In conjunction with the publication, I'll also be offering a free class, Dealing with Reviewer Comments, based on the principles outlined … [Read more...] about Peer review supports academic writing!
When I read Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski, one of the things I noticed was the way that expectations affect stress. I've been a fan of low expectations for a long time and there is an entire chapter in that book that summarises the science behind this practice. I encourage you to read (or … [Read more...] about You are not behind!
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?
It saddens and frustrates me that so many scholars lose sight of how meaningful their academic work is (or was) for them in the face of external pressures. Too often the collective process of advancing knowledge has been obscured by competitive pressures that lead to bullying and a distraction from … [Read more...] about Scholarly writing as a collective project to advance knowledge