The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: May 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday is everywhere. If you’re on Facebook, every writer I know has trouble writingI’m sure you’ve noticed that on Thursdays your newsfeed is full of old (often embarrassing) family photos and throwbacks to special moments in your friends’ lives. This week especially I found–and rediscovered–articles posted before the creation of this blog series; some way before its creation. A thought occurred to me: why not include some of those great articles that are still very relevant and just as useful today? So that’s exactly what I did! You’ll find those throwback articles at the bottom of this post.

As always, happy writing!

How To Stop Procrastinating And Build The Habit Of Writing
How do you build a habit of writing? How do you beat procrastination? This is an interview with Olga Degtyareva, a PhD coach that specializes in productivity and beating procrastination. It’s a 39-minute video, so it will take a small chuck out of your day, but it’s well worth taking that time to watch (or just play in the background and listen, you’ll only miss the jerky movements most Internet videos seem to suffer from and audio that isn’t quite in time with the speaker’s mouth).

Keeping Up, Meeting Deadlines, and Making Habits Stick
This is an excellent piece written by Amber Davis. This is a must read, especially if you are trying to form a new writing habit or any new habit for that matter.

How to become a literature searching ninja
In just two days, this article has already been shared nearly 1,000 times across various social media platforms. How to search the literature is examined and broken down into a useful, easy to follow process. I also recommend reading the comments as they too offer useful advice.

Stop Thief! A Pro Writer’s 5 Tips After Her E-Book Was Stolen
This is a cautionary tale on e-book publishing and intellectual property readily available for download from an author’s website. If you are considering, or already do, have intellectual property material on a webpage for download, I strongly suggest you read this article for advice on protecting your material from being stolen.

Distraction: not the usual suspects
Need strategies for staying focused on your writing? This is your must read. With summer fast approaching, I know I need (and probably you as well), as many of these strategies and tips I can get! 🙂

what is an “original contribution”?
If you are struggling to determine what “original” in original contribution of your dissertation means, Pat Thomson, in this piece, will help you understand it better. Also discussed is singularity and authenticity.

If You Are Experiencing a Burnout You Are Probably Making This Common Mistake
Burnout can happen easily to any writer if they don’t take care to implement breaks or know when to walk away. Many useful tips and reminders are given in this article. If you are feeling like you are on the edge of a burnout, stop, read this article, and then take care of yourself by taking a break. You’ll only be more productive in doing so.

#acwri Twitter Chat: Dealing with Reviewer Comments
This is actually a summary of a Twitter chat where participants offered advice for dealing with reviewer comments. I find this to be really valuable because the advice is from academics from all disciplines and from all over the world. Make sure to read the grey text in between the bits of advice so you know what question the comments are referring to. (Thanks to Rachael Cayley, @explorstyle, for creating this Storify of the chat).

A letter to my researcher friends
I’m including this as your thought-provoking piece for the week. I think George Julian offers some thoughtful advice for academics and their purpose. What comments do you have about this piece?

Article Throwbacks

These are articles that I’ve newly discovered or rediscovered that came out previous to this blog series that I think you’ll find useful and enjoyable.

Writing Tips for Summer Break | May 15, 2013
This is one of those posts that keeps giving because there are many other useful links throughout the article. If you are starting to strategize how you will find writing time during the summer break, this is the article to read.

Textbook Writing 101 | July 4, 2003
For a little bit of truth and dark humor on textbook authoring to add to your day, you’ll appreciate reading this piece. Hopefully you’ll appreciate the humor and find yourself chuckling out loud a time or two.

Scholarly Writing Hacks: 5 Lessons I Learned Writing Every Day in June | September 30, 2014
This is a brilliant piece with many takeaways for any writer. What would you discover about yourself and your writing needs if you wrote every day for 30 days straight?

8 Time Management Techniques for Successful Writers | February 3, 2014
John Soares offers eight excellent tips for managing your time so you can accomplish whatever goal it is that you wish to achieve.

About Libby Becker

Libby Becker is the Content & Community Manager for the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA).