Tag Archives: writing

A two week book chapter – a.k.a. down the writing burrow

A two week book chapter – a.k.a. down the writing burrow

  I’ve just written a book chapter in two weeks. This is a long time for me, and it was hard work. I’m usually someone who plans their writing quite carefully. I begin with an abstract and then flesh it out by adding bullet points. I don’t do pomodoros, or any other form of speed writing. […] … learn more→

Reasons to write

Reasons to write

I’ve been dipping in and out of a rather pleasurable book about writing. Most people read books about writing for utilitarian reasons – to find a new technique, to see something that might inform their own work, to seek explanations for particular conventions. And so on. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with these kinds of informative writing […] … learn more→

How (not) to write: nine more tips for academics in the humanities

How (not) to write: nine more tips for academics in the humanities

After the publication of “How Not to Write”, my number of Twitter followers soared to 195. The internet called me a racist and sexist “mansplainer” vying for a seat in Donald Trump’s cabinet. With the election fast approaching, the moment seemed right for part two – to secure my seat in a Trump White House. […] … learn more→

Coping with writing anxiety – or – learn to stroke your spider

Coping with writing anxiety – or – learn to stroke your spider

Desensitisation is a psychological term. It is used to describe a process through which a very anxious – perhaps even phobic – person gradually becomes used to the object or situation which makes them afraid. Professional support is often required for effective desensitisation. Desensitisation usually consists of three steps – developing a fear hierarchy, relaxation […] … learn more→

Sift and sort – a revision strategy for a problem paper

Sift and sort – a revision strategy for a problem paper

Those of you who like to work with material stuff, moving actual objects around, might want to try to this revision strategy. It’s not too dissimilar to the computer based version, but here you get to use paper and scissors. 1. Write the main point that you want to make, your take home message, onto a […] … learn more→

Turn off email, put your phone into airplane mode, and write

Turn off email, put your phone into airplane mode, and write

I am currently writing this in the final “pomodoro” of a one-day writing retreat. Earlier in the year, and from Twitter, I had seen that my friend John Flood was on a two-day writing retreat with his Griffith University Law School colleagues. It looked fun, and, and perhaps more importantly, like he (and his colleagues) […] … learn more→

Writer’s block

Writer’s block

Today I bring you a fab little vimeo, a mash up of various films showing writers in difficulty. It’s by Ivan Kander and Ben Watts. Tap tap tap  on the keyboard the writers go. Pace, pace around the room. Waste bin filling up, filling up … So that made you feel better right? Nothing like seeing other people having […] … learn more→

Writing in College: Best tips and tools to teach it

Writing in College: Best tips and tools to teach it

It is a recurring problem in college campuses across America: nearly half of incoming freshmen are not prepared to write at a college level. Many have never written a 5-page paper. Throughout high school, they have repeatedly been asked to write short essays. But give them an assignment to develop an idea and carry it […] … learn more→

#acwri know how, know what – and know who

Some people talk about academic writing as a skill. A skill is the ability to do something with a high level of expertise. Fair enough – we are all expected to ‘do’ academic writing with high levels of expertise. However, a skill is often associated with technique… But achieving expertise is not simply a matter of technique […] … learn more→

On getting out of a stuck place

I’ve recently completed the first draft of (what will appear to the outside world to be) my second book this year. In reality, it’s a book that has been three years in the writing. It’s about the use of a particular social theory in one field of scholarship. There is a lot of work already […] … learn more→