Writing is a core activity for academics. I advocate establishing a writing practice, and making writing a priority when you plan. Finding and protecting time for writing, especially during the parts of the year when you are teaching, is difficult. It may be helpful to consider the different kinds … [Read more...] about Using all 3 types of writing time
I had a query via the contact form on my website that said, in response to the prompt “What’s on your mind?”, not much need help to figure out! If that isn’t the tip of an iceberg I don’t know what is. Both for the person who sent the email and in the sense that if one person contacted me to say … [Read more...] about Finding your way back to writing
When I say “You can write during term time”, I don’t mean you can write for an hour or more a day. A privileged few have the teaching and service load that makes that possible. Most people would find that a challenge. Similarly blocking off a whole day every week for research/writing is challenging … [Read more...] about How much writing can you do in term time?
There are better and worse ways of doing things but there is rarely One Right Way that works for everyone. Whatever it is that you want to do, you need to decide the best way for you. Researching your options can help narrow things down, but there comes a point when you need to … [Read more...] about The value of experiments
Whether it's the New Academic Year or the New (Calendar) Year, you probably have some New Year's Resolutions! It is tempting to set big goals. However, every big goal is achieved by a set of very small steps. Small steps are much less overwhelming that big changes. A post from Peter Shankman … [Read more...] about Small steps yield big results