The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 30, 2015

November 1 is two short days away from being here. November is #AcWriMoSince 2011 when Charlotte Frost (Founder and Director of PhD2Published) created #AcBoWriMo, November has been a month long marathon for academic writers to declare their writing goals, write and share progress updates along the way, plus connect and encourage other academics all over the world also striving to reach their writing goals. Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo for short), as it is now called, is the perfect excuse to start a blog or Twitter account to share your goals and progress, to encourage others, and to receive support and encouragement as you write. Learn more about AcWriMo below. Will you be participating? If so, let me know in the comments and be sure to include your blog and Twitter links!

Happy writing! [Read more…]

Busy TAA People: Bill Koenecke forms local writing group

Bill KoeneckeAfter learning that there was no local writing group in Murray, Kentucky, retired Murray State University professor and aspiring textbook author William Koenecke decided to start his own. His first writing group meeting, held Sunday, March 15, attracted 26 authors or aspiring authors, many more than the 5-10 he was expecting.

“We had ‘tons’ of questions during our first meeting, which lasted an hour and 15 minutes,” he said. “One piece of luck is that many of the people who attended Sunday’s meeting have MUCH more expertise and experience in writing and publishing than I have at the present time.”

Koenecke, who has been writing an English grammar, punctuation, and writing book for almost five years that is now close to completion, said he wanted and needed the help of a writing group to accomplish that long-term goal. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: March 27, 2015

“You can’t think yourself out You can't think yourself out of a writing blockof a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.” ~John Rogers

At first thought, I had mixed feelings about Rogers’ statement, thinking that at times it’s nearly impossible to find the right words to get them down on the page. Then it struck me. The thinking is precisely the thing that often gets in my way of getting those words down. My mind is trying to get it just right before allowing my fingers to type the words. I get lost in my head and that causes me to get stuck. Do you find that this too is what happens to you? Do you get lost in your thoughts or lost in trying to get your writing perfect before getting anything down on the page? Rogers’ words are pause for thought, to really analyze why it is that we get blocks. Sure, there are also many other factors that may come into play that deter us from writing, but you may also find, as I did, that the root of many of those are due to overthinking. Next time you have a block, stop thinking and start writing. Sometimes all it takes is allowing for your fingers to start typing to get the words flowing. Happy writing! [Read more…]

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