11 Tricks and tips to get those words on a page

Writer's BlockWhether we’re in the throes of a dissertation, article, or book, most of us have trouble writing—starting, continuing, finishing. Especially after our original flush of enthusiasm and amazed production at the first few paragraphs or pages, we find that each of our writing projects carries its own problems.

From my own experiences with tortured writing and those of my academic coaching and editing clients, here I’ll share eleven tricks and tips to help you ease into or continue your writing. If you need convincing, included too are credible rationales for how each method can help you. [Read more…]

How to start writing again after a break

Taking a long break from anything,Mahatma Gandhi — 'The future depends on what you do today.' writing included, can make it difficult to know how or where to start again. Two of the biggest hurdles to overcome are allowing yourself to let go of any guilt you have from not writing and putting to rest the infinite “I’ll do it tomorrow” mentality. Of course that isn’t to say that breaks are often necessary. They allow you to come back to your writing rejuvenated, more motivated, and re-inspired. However, when a break turns into weeks and months without writing, the daunting task of how and where to start again is often suffocating.

So what can you do to get back into your writing routine? [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: January 8, 2016

You always get the best ideas when there is no pen or paper around.The holidays are over and it’s time to get back into the swing of work, writing, and finding balance. Did you set any writing resolutions or intentions this year? As is typical this time of year, many of the posts below are focused around writing resolutions. There are, however, other excellent articles on textbook proposals and contracts that are a must read.

Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: Holiday Edition, Part 2

Happy New Year 2016Happy New Year! This week’s most useful blog post takes a look at some of the most popular articles featured in this weekly series. This is Part 2 of a two-part series (see Part 1 here). May your year be full of accepted manuscripts and writing that flows easily on to the page.

Happy writing in 2016! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: Holiday Edition, Part 1

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas_typewriterThis week’s most useful blog post takes a look at some of the most popular articles featured in this weekly series. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Next week will also focus on popular posts from this past year that were featured here. I hope you have a wonderful holiday spent with loved ones, eggnog and cookies, and writing that flows easily on to the page! For more wishes for writers this holiday season, read this and this.

Happy everything and, as always, happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 23, 2015

It's a dream until you write it down, and then its a goal.Have you ever heard of an inspiration or vision board? It’s a collage of images, quotes, and affirmations of your dreams and goals. Creating a vision board that illustrates what you want to achieve in your writing career could motivate you and inspire you on days when you need it most to get you writing. Use it to gather quotes from authors that inspire you, journal covers that you wish to be published in, or positive comments from reviewers. Learn more about how they work and how to make one here: The Reason Vision Boards Work and How to Make One. If you do create a board, or if you already have one, post it in the comments below for all of us to see! Happy writing and happy visioning! [Read more…]

5 Ways to minimize writing anxiety & maximize self-efficacy

Writing AnxietyAcademic writers often have high writing anxiety, so you’re not alone if you feel anxious when you write, said Margarita Huerta, assistant professor of educational and clinical studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They also tend to have low self-efficacy, she said, which can lead to less confidence in their capability to write. [Read more…]

Make your dissertation your priority

Today means action. Carry out your priorities.As you undoubtedly already know, writing a dissertation is different from anything you’ve ever done. This enterprise requires you to adjust, if not radically change, your lifestyle. If you ever really want to complete the dissertation, and in a timely manner (if that isn’t an oxymoron), you need to rethink your priorities.

Your full-time job, of course, should be high on the priority list. You may have been used to putting family first. But rethink this priority. Heartless and psychologically suspect as this statement may sound, you can make it up to them in many other ways—later (that’s another article). [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: August 28, 2015

“Scripturient.” What a great word that I’ve only now "scripturient"just discovered! According to Merriam-Webster it means, “having a strong urge to write.” Do you ever have a strong urge that you have to sit and write? I get these urges from time to time. It can be a glorious thing (if you don’t get in the way of yourself and your writing). For me, as soon as I start thinking too much or try to form the perfect sentence, the words stop flowing so easily. Embrace those urges to write and just put everything on to the page that you can. Editing is for making sense of it all!

Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: August 14, 2015

This week is another one jam-packed with Neil Gaiman writing quote.excellent articles. From academics lonely at work, to being a good reviewer, to e-reader screen size, you are sure to find at least one article that is useful to you or sparks your interest. Did you read an outstanding article on textbooks, textbook writing, or academic writing? If so, I encourage you to share the knowledge by sharing it in the comments below!

And, as always, happy writing! [Read more…]