The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: January 22, 2016

Benjamin Franklin — 'Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.'It’s so easy for us to say, “I’ll do that tomorrow”, “I’ll start on my writing projects, tomorrow” and tomorrow keeps getting pushed further and further away. Procrastination is easy. Yet, never satisfying. Chances are you have the time to get started today. So start! End the infinite tomorrow and do as Benjamin Franklin reminds us, and, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

Happy writing!

What To Do If You Are Stuck in the Middle of a Writing or Other Project
Do you ever find yourself stuck in the murky middle of a writing project wondering how you will ever find your way out? If so, this article is for you.

word repetition… just find substitutes? 
Is word repetition a lack of finding a substitute? Or is it something else? Pat Thomson offers a look into word repetition, offers suggestions for substitutes, and whether or not the problem is really repetition.

How Blogging Improves My Academic Writing
“I never thought I’d say it, but blogging has improved my academic writing.” This is how Lisa Munro opens her latest blog post. Read this piece to find out just exactly how blogging has improved her academic writing. (Interested in learning more about blogging as an academic? Join us and presenter, Mark Leccese, January 27: Blogging for Academics: A Journalist Turned Academic Offers Tips, Techniques, Inspiration and a Few Warnings.)

Will Write, If Obliged
Are you what Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before, describes as an “obliger”? In other words, you respond to external expectations, but struggle with meeting internal expectations? Learn strategies to overcome your obliger tendencies to better support your academic writing. (You may also find this article, How to build effective collaboration, useful for identifying whether you are, according to Rubin, an upholder, a questioner, an obliger, or a rebel. Knowing this about yourself and others will help you form more effective collaborations.)

OER vs. F(ree)ER – Where is the real value?
This is an interesting series on open educational resources and similar products from the perspective of co-founder of Flat World Knowledge, Jeff Shelstad. It’s the first in a series of posts he will be writing on the topic. Watch for more to come from him.

7 Book Marketing Trends Authors Can’t Afford to Ignore
Find helpful marketing tips authors can utilize to best market themselves and their books by reading this article by Kimberley Grabas.

13 Charts That Will Make Total Sense To People With Impostor Syndrome
Take a break and look at these hilarious charts on impostor syndrome. 😂