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
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?
This post is part of an occasional series about how yoga influences how I work with clients. I don’t expect you to do yoga. Ever. In your whole life. The point of this series is that yoga has taught me some interesting things about how to approach other things. I have a daily yoga practice. I … [Read more...] about How to use advice to develop your own practice
Teaching is an important part of your job. You are committed to doing it well. At the same time, you often resent how much time it takes.You really wish you had more time for research than you do right now. Content expertise vs pedagogy The dominant mode of thinking about teaching in higher … [Read more...] about How much teaching preparation is enough?
As I was finalising the third volume in this series of books, my editor suggested that I might want to write a series introduction. I published the first volume, The Scholarly Writing Process in November 2016. The 2nd volume, Finding Time for your Scholarly Writing was published in April/June 2018. … [Read more...] about About the Short Guides Series
Something that a couple of members shared at the end of A Meeting With Your Writing reminded me of an important point. Sometimes the reason you think you’ve not accomplished much (in your writing, or in your work in general) is because the work you needed to do is work you wish you didn’t have to do … [Read more...] about The work you wish you didn’t have to do
The third volume in the Short Guides series will be published in January 2019. In Scholarly Publishing I focus on the big picture of publishing for scholarly audiences. After discussing the purpose of publishing for scholarly readers and what is meant by making a contribution to the advancement of … [Read more...] about Selecting a Journal, an excerpt from Scholarly Publishing (A Short Guide)
This is part 3 of a series about confidence. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about meaningfulness. In Part 2, I talked about security. The introductory section is repeated so you don't have to read them in any particular order. External validation is not a reliable antidote to self-doubt. It … [Read more...] about Where does confidence come from? Part 3: support
In Optimizing Focus: 3 elements to consider, I outlined three elements that affect your focus during a writing session: the task itself, how you are feeling, and the context. I am writing a series of follow up articles going into more detail about what that framework looks like in practice. (At some … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: Select the task you most want to work on
This is part 2 of a series about confidence. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about meaningfulness. The introductory section is repeated so you don't have to read them in any particular order. External validation is not a reliable antidote to self-doubt. It can help, but only if it validates … [Read more...] about Where does confidence come from? Part 2: Security
External validation is not a reliable antidote to self-doubt. It can help, but only if it validates something you are already pretty confident is true. If your confidence is low, you extend your self-doubt to the judgements others make. Your gremlins are perfectly capable of telling you that the … [Read more...] about Where does confidence come from? Part 1: meaningfulness