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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: August 7, 2015

Summer is coming to a close. Maybe you are even Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. -Stephen Kingalready back in session. Were you able to meet your summer writing goals? What would you have done differently? Now is the time to make note of what worked well and what didn’t work so well. Keep this on hand so you have a better plan in place or a better understanding of how you work so that you can (if need be) accomplish more next summer. You may not feel you need to accomplish more, but you may feel that you need to work more efficiently.

Do you prefer the summer months when you can write more freely or, do you prefer to have a more structured schedule to be more advantageous? I have to say, I’m sad to see summer go. It takes me until August to get in the swing of summer, which means I try and pack as much as I can into this month. Maybe you feel the same way with your writing goals right now—eek! I feel your panic—if so, you need to read the first article below. ?

Happy writing!

How to Salvage Your Summer Writing
If you are feeling panicked by the amount of writing you didn’t do this summer, you need to read this piece. Kerry Ann Rockquemore gives excellent advice for overcoming that panic and salvaging what time is left in summer so that you can get words down on the page.

is your research or your paper needed? #knowhow
In this article you will find questions to ask yourself about your research, paper, or book. The answers to these will help you provide understanding and rationale to your reader that will keep them reading.

Social media for PhD researchers
Still need convincing that you should be on social media? Maybe this SlideShare presentation—researchers sharing why they use and value Twitter—will do just that. Some of the responses may surprise you and open your eyes to how valuable this platform can be to your research and writing.

The ‘Revise and Resubmit’
Here you will find six tips for revising and resubmitting your journal article for publication. What, if anything, would you add to this list?