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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: March 6, 2015

Wednesday was National Grammar grammar to me, baby Twitter was abuzz with grammar haikus, pet peeves, and funny cartoons. It’s a day filled with fun to remember all we love, and maybe hate, about grammar. Why you ask is National Grammar Day different than say any other day? No one explains it better than Dennis Baron in his article, “Why is National Grammar Day different from all other days?”

So without going on and on, and in fear of making too many grammatical errors, I leave you to read all the great articles I’ve gathered for you this week. Happy writing!

Why Write a Book?
I like this read for a few different reasons. A quality I really value in a writer is their rawness and honesty; David Perry is both of those in this piece. He doesn’t hide from the fact that it took him sixteen years to write his book. I also like that he wrote this book for himself. Isn’t it by doing what we love that we produce our best work? Of course the pressure of tenure is always at play, but I think Perry makes valid points that should also be considered.

Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.
In an age when everything is going digital, including textbooks, it’s hard to imagine that early twenty-somethings wouldn’t want everything in their world to be digital. They never had to save a file to a floppy disk or listen to their favorite artist on a cassette player (and probably not even on a CD either). And yet, these younger generations still prefer the good old-fashioned print textbook.

Presenting Without a Net
Okay, it’s no secret that I love Rachel Toor’s writing style. She is honest and raw and witty—all the things I wish my writing was. This particular piece is on presenting but also the relationship presenting has on academic writing. Maybe there’s a secret here for how to get published. You’ll just have to read it and see.

The dissonant muse of academic writing
Written from the viewpoint of a reader on “wordy academic writing.” I think this piece ties into the above article in that often it is forgotten to keep the reader in mind. To write clear and concise prose that invokes thought within the reader about the topic, not confusion of what it is the author is trying to explain.

The Revise and Resubmit Series, Part 3: Techniques for Easier and Faster Revisions
This is part three, and the final piece in this series, on revising and resubmitting. For a thorough step-by-step on tackling and incorporating reviewers’ comments into your paper for resubmittal, this is your must read. Here are links to Part 1 and Part 2 in this series.

Explorations of Style-Links
For a whole bunch of helpful links just like what I share with you weekly, compiled here by months from November 2014 to March 2015, this is like the post that keeps giving.

(I’d also like to make a shout-out to Andrew Careaga for the text I used on my image this week. Thanks Andrew!)