The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: May 4, 2018

"Sometimes writing is like playing with fire...like trying to tame an uncontrollable beast." ~A.D. PoseyA.D. Posey once said, “Sometimes writing is like playing with fire…like trying to tame an uncontrollable beast.” Each year as May arrives, bringing with it the end of an academic school year for many, things can often feel out of control. This week’s collection of articles addresses some of the common issues faced by academics and authors.

For starters, concerns of overwhelm, contribution, speed, soft skills, and academic behavior are highlighted in the posts. We then found articles that discussed relationships both with other researchers, and with family during times of research. [Read more…]

How to move through writing blocks

Writer's BlockA big thank you to Boot Camp Leader Ashley Sanders and everyone who participated in TAA’s Dissertators United Chapter Boot Camps! The last boot camp was held May 17. All of the resources from these boot camps are now online and open to all TAA members. Resources include recordings of mini-webinars, articles, templates, and links to resources such as books, apps, and more.

In the May Boot Camp, Sanders shared 16 ways to move through writing blocks, including the use of “permission slips”, an idea that comes from the work of Dr. Brené Brown, a University of Houston researcher. [Read more…]

Life’s labyrinth: Honoring your accomplishments

labyrinthIt is the time between late spring and early summer. A male cardinal crunches on sunflower seeds at the feeder, the leaves on the tall trees along the creek behind my house are bright green, and purple martins dip and sway high in the sky that is the blue color of my Irish grandmother’s eyes.

All of life—nature, animals, weather, plants and people—have their cycles and their seasons. When we learn to embrace this instead of fighting it, denying it, or running from it, then we can learn to live in balance and beauty.

Here we are at the end of the academic calendar—and this is a great time to learn how to go to the center of the labyrinth, find wisdom, and come back out again. [Read more…]

Join us for 10/8 TAA Webinar, ‘How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing’

Ashley SandersJoin us Wednesday, October 8 from 2-3 p.m. ET for the one-hour webinar, “How to Overcome the Perfectionism, Procrastination & Fatigue That Get in the Way of Your Writing,” presented by Ashley Sanders, a doctoral candidate in History at Michigan State University. Free for Members. Click here to register
. Non-members: Join TAA for only $30.

How do you overcome perfectionism, procrastination, and fatigue? Or more concerning, What do you do when you face writing anxiety that goes beyond “normal”? Based on personal experience, studies of post-traumatic stress recovery, and the work of University of Houston professor Brené Brown, this webinar will walk you through the issues underlying these common challenges. Learn practical how-to’s to overcome stressful or traumatic writing/feedback experiences to develop writing resilience and perseverance to achieve your potential. [Read more…]