planning a paper

Last week I was in Norway running a three part workshop on planning a journal article.

The workshop was based around a Tiny Text abstract.   As a planner myself, I use Tiny Texts for sorting out the contribution argument of a paper as well as developing a writing schedule.

In case this approach is of interest to you, here are the slides.

The workshop was based on Pat Thomson and Barbara Kamler (2012) Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals: Strategies for Getting Published. Routledge

Of course you don’t get all of the chatter and banter and questions from these slides, but maybe it is still interesting to see what this approach can do.

And the books that I mentioned during the workshop were these:

On writing plainly  – Howard Becker (1986). Writing for social scientists: How to start and finish your thesis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

On not front and back loading your paper – Patrick Dunleavy (2003). Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral dissertation or thesis. London: Palgrave.

On staying in touch with your writing – Jenson, Joli (2017) Write no matter what. Advice for academics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

On writing non-nouns prose  – Helen Sword ( 2012) Stylish academic writing. Boston: Harvard University Press

On daily writing or not – Helen Sword  (2017) Air & light & time & space: How successful academics write. Boston: Harvard University Press

About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK
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7 Responses to planning a paper

  1. Sahar Shah says:

    Thank you for sharing these informative slides. They are very helpful!


  2. Saifuddin Dhuhri says:

    is it downloadable, I wish I could save it to my PC. I do benefit from the powerpoint. it is great…thanks a lot


    • pat thomson says:

      If you click the symbol at the bottom left hand corner of the slide frame you’ll get through to slideshare where you can download.


      • Saifuddin Dhuhri says:

        Thank you very much. I learn from many sources about the technique of writing an academic article, and I found you slides are more helpful. Also, I was feeling clumsy about writing a good abstract, but your explanation brings me a confidence. I have gotten the slides now, I do appreciate your help.


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  4. FJBeckford says:

    Thank you so much. I need to jump start my academic writing.


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