Most useful textbook and academic posts of the week: December 27, 2019

“And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right.” ~Ray BradburyAs is often the case during this holiday season, sources of academic writing experience and wisdom are quieter than usual, and those making noise across the internet are often reflective as we close one year and prepare for the next. In this week’s collection of articles from around the web, we found both advice for improving writing, research, and impact, as well as reflections on some of the accomplishments and best advice of 2019.

Ray Bradbury once wrote, “And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right.” In this last weekly post of 2019, we remind you that your writing is a gift and one that you should treasure year-round. See you again in 2020! Happy writing! [Read more…]

Five ways to fix your unrealistic to-do list

To Do ListIt’s a few weeks into the semester and you might feel as if you’re already behind. There was a project you wanted to finish, but somehow you didn’t. You feel disappointed and discouraged. If you’re already behind, how will you achieve all the goals you’ve established for the semester?

You may have grand plans to start this year off better than the last. Your intention is to make up for all the work you didn’t complete in December, and then some. For academics, we not only have a new year, but a new semester – a fresh start on multiple counts. [Read more…]

10 Tips and strategies for keeping your writing on track this summer

typing on typewriter at the beachWe recently asked our members for advice on how to stay on track with writing projects during the summer months. Time and again, members said “set goals” and schedule “butt-in-chair” time. It was as though everyone kept screaming; “If you want it bad enough you’ll make the time for it!” And honestly, we agree. Isn’t it true that if you want “it” (to be published, to finish your dissertation, to complete x number of chapters for your textbook, etc.) bad enough, you’ll do whatever you have to in order to make it happen? However, even if you want it bad enough you still need strategies in place to be successful and reach your goals. So here you go, 10 tips and strategies for keeping your writing on track this summer: [Read more…]