Category Archives: revision

from PhD to book – or – on not writing under anaesthetic

Often dissertations sound like prose under general anaesthetic, working hard to separate the writer out from what he or she has written. That’s a quote from William Germano, writing in From dissertation to book. Germano’s metaphor points to a tendency … Continue reading

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the writer’s tic – it’s all about the invisible gorilla

Lots of us have writing tics. A writing tic is involuntary, something we do without thinking. Many of us get a writing tic or two when producing a first draft. But we only find this out afterwards, when we read through what … Continue reading

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from conference paper to journal article – writing in small chunks

You may not always have the luxury of a block of time to revise your conference paper. Or you might choose to devote the big slab of writing time you do have, perhaps over summer, to a big new project. After all, having extended time … Continue reading

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revisions suck (sic)

I’ve been revising. My co-author Chris and I have produced about eight versions of a book manuscript. Yes, you read right, eight. From two versions of individual chapters through two interim versions to reach the one sent out to review, … Continue reading

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a new pen

I recently bought a fountain pen. I’m not sure why, as it was expensive, and I don’t seem to have a lot of call for such a pen. Now, it’s not that I don’t write by hand. I do. A … Continue reading

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book blog – our endgame revision and proofing

Barbara and I are now on final descent with our new writing book, Detox your writing. We’ll have it to the publisher sometime next week. Yippee. Our process of final revision and proof-reading has been in several stages. About three … Continue reading

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book update – on the importance of chapter structure

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about my current book project with Barbara. We are still in the throes of revising the text, turning our incredibly messy first draft into something more readable. But we are up to … Continue reading

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