The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: May 21, 2015

Undoubtedly your semester has either ended or is very rapidly  “Writing isn't about racing to the finish line; it's about finding joy in each step of the process. If a writer focuses on the journey, the destination will take care of itself.”  ―Christopher Meyerhoeffer coming to an end. Will you take a small break from your writing? Time to unwind and focus on something else like family or vacation? This week I came to a revelation about writing and how much writing is like this favorite quote of mine, “Fitness is a journey, not a destination.” Now replace the word ‘fitness’ with ‘writing’. I often relate writing to fitness because like writing, fitness is a large part of my life and a major passion of mine. My revelation was that writing is a journey too. Sure there may be small destinations that you reach along the way—a published journal article, a finished manuscript, or a completed textbook—but there is always room for improvement. You may take small breaks from your writing to become re-inspired or recharged, but just as a fitness fanatic can’t stay away from the gym for very long, a writer cannot stay away from their pen or keyboard very long. There will always be another article or another book that you must write. So as someone once said, “Maybe it’s not about the happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story.” Happy writing! [Read more…]

Become a more productive writer: 5 Tips from authors

Productivity is key for any writer looking to stay on Beomce a more productive writertrack and complete their writing project on time. These authors share five tips to help you become a more productive writer:

1. Jump-start the process instead of staring at a blank screen or page.

“Like stretching before exercise, I start my writing day with a heavy edit and rewrite of my previous day’s work. That seamlessly catapults me into today’s writing.” – Jerry Jenkins

See all of Jerry Jenkins’ tips here. [Read more…]

9 Incredibly useful productivity apps for writers

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you, apps in the palm of hand6 Tips for finding writing time. Yet, even if you find the time to write, how can you be sure to be productive and actually get words down on your page? The nine apps below will 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.

In no particular order, here are nine incredibly useful productivity apps for writers: [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: April 3, 2015

Can you believe it is already April"Write 1000 wrods a day, five days a week, before you do anything else. If you do it first thing in the morning, then you won't get distracted by all the things that tempt you not to write." -Lisa See and Easter is already this Sunday?! I love the warmer weather and the ability to sit on my deck and write. This week’s most useful posts have two sort of unintentional themes: peer reviews and productivity. There is also a sprinkling of other posts worthy of your time. One of my favorite posts this week is, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers, Courtesy of Alexis Landau.

Speaking of productivity, do you like to write first thing in the morning before anything else so you don’t get distracted but rather get things accomplished as Lisa See suggests in the quote I choose for this week? If you could give one tip for being productive, what would it be? Share it with me in the comments below.

Happy writing! [Read more…]

9/17 TAA Webinar – Publish & Prosper: Strategies for Becoming a More Productive Scholar

Nathaniel Lambertpublish_and_prosperJoin us Wednesday, September 17 from 5-6 p.m. EDT for the one-hour webinar, “Publish & Prosper: Strategies for Becoming a More Productive Scholar,” presented by Nathaniel Mark Lambert, Ph.D., author of Publish and Prosper: A Strategy Guide for Students and Researchers. Free for Members. Click here to register
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Intended to help you succeed in academia by increasing your scholarly productivity, this webinar provides strategies for getting articles published quickly in reputable research journals. Rather than focusing on the basics of writing about results, this unique webinar provides tips on how to approach research, maintain motivation, maximize productivity, and overcome common pitfalls so as to become a productive scholar. The strategies reviewed will help you successfully navigate through graduate school, get a good job, receive grants and promotions, and make important contributions to your field. [Read more…]