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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: July 10, 2015

I love this quote because it reminds me of Anyone who says writing is easy isn't doing it right.a fitness quote I also love (and as you may know, I am a fitness fanatic), “It never gets easier, you just get stronger.” I think this is also true for writing. It never really gets easier, but you do become a stronger, more confident writer the more you write. Don’t you agree?

Happy writing!

Ten Top Tips for Successful Collaboration
Thinking of working collaboratively on your next journal article or textbook? If so, you need to read these ten top tips for successful (and hopefully painless) collaboration.

In Students’ Minds, Textbooks Are Increasingly Optional Purchases
“The average amount that college students spend on course materials appears to be declining. But not necessarily because textbooks are cheaper.” Whether you are a textbook author or a professor, this piece is well worth the read. The comments at the bottom are also insightful and worth reading.

How I use social media: LinkedIn (Part 1)
Are you curious how LinkedIn may be able to benefit you as an academic? This piece, by Anne Osterrieder, gives great examples that may open your mind to the benefits of having a LinkedIn account.

A little known hack from Japan to get your notebook organized
Although the example given is for organizing recipes, I think this notebook organization hack is brilliant and could be extremely useful to anyone taking notes in a journal. What do you think? Will you try this?

15 Obvious Signs That You Are a Writer
No this isn’t a serious piece that is going to advance your writing to the next level, but it is perfectly relatable and a fun piece to read to brighten your day and distract you from your writing momentarily. Sometimes the best way to keep getting words down on the page is to take a little break and focus on something else.

Article Throwback

10 tips for more concise writing | December 6, 2015
Looking for advice on how to keep your writing more concise? Look no further. This piece offers ten great tips to follow. “Rule 11, stop when you are done!”