8 Academic writing blogs you should be following

BlogsWhen trying to find relevant articles to share on our Twitter feed I seem to always go back to the same blogs. These blogs (below) offer stellar advice for academic writing, from dissertations to journal articles, to book proposals and productivity. Here is my list of eight academic writing blogs you should be following:

The Thesis Whisperer—Developed ‘Shut up and Write!’ which “turns writing from a solitary, to a social experience.” You can either start a group near you or find a group in your area using their interactive map.

patter—Pat Thomson covers everything from thesis writing to journal etiquette and rejections, to how to get started on the page. I especially like Pat’s posts on writing for journals.

PhD2Published—This blog is packed with tips, so many that I’m not even sure where to start. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself.

Get a Life, PhD—Tanya Golash-Boza offers practical step-by-step advice for various aspects of the writing and publishing process.

Explorations of Style—Rachael Cayley is a wealth of knowledge for academic writing and productivity.

The Chronicle of Higher Education—The ‘Advice’ section offers academics advice for all facets of academia, but if you scroll almost to the bottom you’ll find the heading, ‘Page Proof.’ Focus is on academic writing and book proposals; all are written by Rachel Toor.

PhD Talk—Tips not only include those on writing and motivation, but also on surviving as a PhD student. Eva Lantsoght will draw you in with her down-to-earth personality and sound advice.

James Hayton, PhD—James Hayton has a vast archive of articles, many of which I’m sure you’ll find to be practical, easy to follow, and, of course, helpful.

What blog would you add to this list? Share in the comments below.

  • Thanks for the list! I manage the social media sites for my company, and I use some of these blogs for material in my posts (and reference them, of course). I enjoy reading Eva Lantsoght’s thoughts and experiences in her PhD Talk blog and the articles from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

    We also have a resourceful website, http://www.phdstudent.com/, to help students in their grad school, dissertation, and job search processes. I think it’s a great one-stop shop for students looking for community and advice during a time in their lives when they might feel alone. On it, we have a forum, a blog, articles, and chances for students to ask PhDs questions.

    Thanks, again, for compiling this list! Sometimes, we find that there are so many resources out there that we don’t know which ones are credible and reliable. 🙂

  • It might just be me, but I learn better by example than by reading list after list of tips. That why, now that I’ve successfully defended my thesis, I’m blogging about the thesis writing process and defence, as well as what comes next in possibly turning it into a book. So, while this is a helpful list, I’d also love examples of other grad students’ blogs that document their hands-on experience and writing process. And, to shamelessly promote my own blog, here’s my URL: http://whyissulpiciaawoman.wordpress.com

    • Libby Becker

      I don’t mind shameless plugs as long as they are relevant and will be beneficial to others in regards to this topic. 🙂 In fact I encourage anyone that has a blog that is related to academic writing and that would benefit our readers, to comment below. Thanks, Steff, for sharing your blog and your thoughts!