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
In 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 going to write 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: Dictation
In 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 point, … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: Writing in Grading Season
This question came up during Office Hours in the Academic Writing Studio and also in a Wayfinding conversation with another client. I'm going to share an excerpt of the Office Hours recording here. Some context: The person asking the question is in her early career. This was the Office Hours in … [Read more...] about Working on multiple projects without feeling like they are competing for your time
I am tempted to put "Part 1" at the end of the title because I'm sure there are more, but since I have no intention of writing any more of this series at the moment, I'll leave it. If you report your gremlin's sneaky tricks in the comments or privately, I will add to the series. One of the Studio … [Read more...] about Sneaky ways your gremlins try to get you not to actually publish
I am a wee bit bossy about sleep and rest. In this post I want to talk about something related: intensity of work, what is normal, and the importance of cycles in the academic year. You are tired at the end of the academic year. I am writing in April. Although the exact dates of the academic year … [Read more...] about Cycles of the academic year & intensity of work
It seems that there is an epidemic of sleep problems and inability to actually relax out there. I’m going to share a few thoughts. Sleep is important. Not only does lack of sleep impair cognitive function, it can mess up your metabolism and cause all kinds of health problems. There is some … [Read more...] about Sleep is not a luxury
Everyone struggles with confidence at least some of the time. While confidence can't be overly reliant on external validation, negative feedback is always difficult, and it's tough to maintain your confidence when external validation is slow in coming. Confidence also depends on things you don't … [Read more...] about Confidence Tricks
What follows is a draft of one section of my next Short Guide, Peer Review. I approach peer review as primarily editorial labour with the goal of improving scholarship. I question the use of "gate keeping" as a metaphor for the role of peer reviewers in making recommendations to editors regarding … [Read more...] about The value of voluntary peer review labour
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?