10 Most popular posts in May

Most Popular PostsEach week, we bring you the most popular textbook and academic writing posts of the week from around the web. This time, we thought we’d share the most popular posts on Abstract for the month of May. If you haven’t read these posts, do so now! They are highly recommended by other readers 😊. Happy writing!

How to write clear, concise (and more enjoyable to read) scientific academic articles
This post shares Kristin Sainani’s three principles of effective scientific writing. Sainani, an associate professor at Stanford University who teaches a popular online course on writing in the sciences, says academics are often trained to write in a way that actually runs directly contrary to the principles of effective scientific writing.

6 Useful software tools for authors
This post shares 6 useful software tools that can help make the writing process faster or help you better organize your notes and literature, including the voice recognition software, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and Evernote, which allows you to create text, photo and audio notes, clip web pages and synchronize your notes across your devices.

Tax tips for authors: LLC or S-Corporation?
Even though tax season is over, this post still gets a lot of attention. It contains some great information on how to select which type of business for your authoring, LLC or S-Corp, from Robert Pesce, a partner at Marcum LLP. If you like this post, I encourage you to read the three others in this series: Learn how your agent is reporting your writing incomeUnderstand foreign taxes, tax credit and tax certification, and 3 Simple steps to organizing your business expenses.

8 Academic writing blogs you should be following
In addition to TAA’s excellent blog, we’ve compiled this list of 8 other academic writing blogs that offer stellar advice for academic writing, from dissertations to journal articles, to book proposals and productivity.

10 Habits of highly effective writers
This post by Rachel Toor, an associate professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University, says highly effective writers know there are no tricks to make it easier, just habits and practices you can develop to get it done. Are you a highly effective writer or could you benefit from altering your habits to become one? Find out by reading this post!

9 Incredibly useful productivity apps for writers
This list of nine productivity apps can help you not only get words down on the page, but also keep your writing projects organized, track how long and how much writing you accomplished, and overall help you be a more productive writer.

6 Tips for finding writing time
With all the demands on your schedule, it can be difficult to find time to write, right? Wrong. Utilize these 6 simple strategies to carve writing time out of any busy schedule.

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: May 15
Each week, TAA’s Content & Community Manager Libby Becker compiles the most useful textbook and academic writing posts of the week from across the web. This week’s post in particular resonated with our readers. Hopefully you can find some inspiration in them too!

The best time to write, according to science
This fun infographic created by Quicksprout shares the scientifically proven best time to think and write creatively. Are you more creative in the morning or the evening? Check out this infographic to find out!

About Kim Pawlak

Kim Pawlak is Director of Publishing & Operations for the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). She has been writing about the textbook and academic authoring and publishing industry for 20 years.