Tag Archives: Barbara Kamler

book blogging – making room for two

Ta dah. Loud fanfare. We have now written seven chapters, five of them in this sitting. That’s two days per chapter. Whew. We’ve had to be pretty organised to achieve this level of productivity. We’ve not only done a lot of … Continue reading

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book blogging – a day to remember

No matter how good the plan you started with, chances are that at some point in the book writing you’ll change some of it. Sometimes this is because, as you write, you realise that things need to be in a … Continue reading

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book blogging – wallowing in mud

Sometimes this book writing business is very hard work. Mostly it’s not. Barbara and I chatter, laugh and write fast. It’s perhaps because it’s generally good fun and productive that the reverse experience comes as a bit of a shock. … Continue reading

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book blogging – and on the seventh day they rested

Barbara and I have built a little break into the middle of our writing time. We know that we can’t work really intensively for two and a bit weeks. That’s too much altogether. We had to anticipate that we’d run … Continue reading

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book blogging – we must be good to ourselves

It’s one thing to decide to write a lot in a short space of time. You can set aside the days. You can get as well prepared as it’s possible to be. But it’s another thing to actually do the … Continue reading

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book blogging – dib dib dib, be prepared

Barbara and I are writing fast. The usual way to write fast is to ‘speed write’. This often requires the use of timed sessions where the goal is to write as much as possible in the allotted minutes. Another approach … Continue reading

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book blogging – pick it up, start it up

Barbara and I are at it again. Book writing, that is. We finished the first draft of the first three chapters of our new academic writing book back in May. That was at my place in Nottingham. Now here it … Continue reading

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find some support from an academic writing broker

It’s hard when you first start out writing papers for journals. There are lots of decisions to make – Which journal? What topic will the editors be interested in? What style should the paper adopt? What will reviewers do? In … Continue reading

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book blogging interlude – turn around when possible

This is the last of five days working on the book with Barbara. By the time she has to get on board the train back to London this evening, we will have finished off most of a section, and revised … Continue reading

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book interlude – girls interrupted

One of the big challenges in the way that Barbara and I write together is that it is episodic. Because we live in different parts of the world, we physically manage to get together only two or three times a … Continue reading

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