Category Archives: academic writing

defining a contribution – #studythewriting

So you are going to write a paper/book/thesis. You suspect – no, you know – that you’ll need to state your contribution at the outset so that the reader knows what to expect. So it will helpful, as part of … Continue reading

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#acwri strategy – start small, amplify, then rehearse

Acclaimed movie director Ridley Scott is a big fan of storyboards. He likes to start with thumbnail sketches which are then developed into a sketchy sequence. This is then worked up into a highly detailed storyboard. Scott focuses each frame on key … Continue reading

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why do I feel afraid to share my journal paper with the wider world? is this Imposter Syndrome?

This is an anonymous guest post from a PhD researcher. She is seeking advice about her current #acwri situation.  I was first introduced to the imposter syndrome almost two years ago. I never thought it would touch me; I am … Continue reading

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the writing is never done – a post for #acwrimo

Do you have a list of things that need writing? Do you never actually get to the end of the list? Feel as if you’re on a treadmill? You no sooner finish one thing than you need to start on … Continue reading

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are we stuck in a Gutenberg time-warp?

Last week I was in Strasbourg, the home* of Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press. I was giving a “lecture” on academic writing to a European social science summer school. I decided to focus my talk on the current “gold … Continue reading

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#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 … Continue reading

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text work/identity work

When we write we not only produce text, we also produce ourselves as scholars. As we make textual decisions – what to write about, who to cite and who to leave out, what evidence to include, how we use language … Continue reading

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