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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 2, 2015

Happy October! Are you staying on track with your fallYou might not write will every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page. writing projects? Whether you are or you aren’t, Jodi Picoult’s advice—”You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”seems an appropriate reminder. We may not always write things worth keeping or it may need heavy editing, but at least it is down on paper. Something is there that is workable and moldable. A blank page cannot offer that.

Happy writing!

Happy birthday to the “The most useful blog posts of the week”! Today marks one year since this series started. 

How to find your writing flow
James Hayton
gives an excellent and in-depth look into writing flow and how to find yours. So much of what Hayton writes and the advice he gives, I love, but I’ll just share this particularly great point, “Simply writing every day is not enough to improve. Practice does not always make perfect, because it very much depends how you practice.”

The Dissertation Journey: How to Get Started
If you are just getting started on your dissertation journey and still in the process of deciding what your dissertation topic will be, this piece by Sonja Foss and William Waters is well worth reading.

Tips from Managing Editors on How to Get your Academic Article Published
Five managing editors share insight into the publishing process and what steps you can take to best ensure you get published.

Seven Strategies That Will Make You More Creative, Focused, and Productive
Tanya Golash-Boza
shares seven of her favorite strategies to become less stressed so you can be more creative and more productive. What tips can you add that you practice to be less stressed and more productive?

Top tips for peer reviewers
This week was the first annual Peer Review Week [#PeerRevWk15]. Watch this three-minute video from Wiley Exchanges for their top ten tips for peer reviewers.

Academics: leave your ivory towers and pitch your work to the media
I am including this piece for those of you that are interested in reaching a larger audience with your work. Various academics share how expanding their audience has given them unexpected rewards and benefits.