Tag Archives: academic writing

forget angry birds, make mine angry writing

I’m about to write another angry book. That is, a book motivated by anger. Real, proper rage. I’ve already written two angry books, and they are probably my best. I want to tell you about angry writing, because I keep … Continue reading

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academic writing – no one best way

My approach to writing about and teaching academic writing is underpinned by some key principles. One of them is this – no one best way. Or I can alternatively express this as one size does not fit all. Let me explain. … Continue reading

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enough of the critique, at least some of the time? 

It’s holiday season. I’m away and having a tiny pause, a little reflect. Apologies to those of you who are seeking writing about writing. I sometimes do other things. Writing about writing will be back soon.  This week I’m musing.  … Continue reading

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an exercise in willpower

Willpower. The mysterious process you use to make yourself do something – or not, as the case may be. Chocolate? Not today thanks, I’ve got willpower. Oh go on then. I’ve got no will power when it comes to chocolate … Continue reading

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the reading and writing that no-one sees

We write much more than we ever publish.  A lot of unseen writing is about acquiring the knowledge that we need in order to do the writing that will be made public. We read much more than we cite. A lot of … Continue reading

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dressed for writing? make mine daggy

Every now and then I come across writing about academics and clothing. I’ve seen ‘stuff’ about: the stereotype of corduroy and leather patches, how we women academics resent being judged on what we wear, and advice on what to wear to suit your … Continue reading

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is #acwri a hobby?

The most frequent question writers are asked is some variant on, “Do you write every day, or do you just wait for inspiration to strike?” I want to snarl, “Of course I write every day, what do you think I am, some … Continue reading

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