Category Archives: Writing

W.G. Sebald’s tips for writing – from his final fiction workshop

W.G. Sebald’s tips for writing – from his final fiction workshop, but lots here for writers of non-fiction to think about. Here’s the first section: On Approach  Fiction should have a ghostlike presence in it somewhere, something omniscient. It makes … Continue reading

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Jacques Derrida’s early essay on Shakespeare’s idea of Kingship – ‘Quite unintelligible’

This page of an assignment by Jacques Derrida on Shakespeare is quite wonderful. He would have been 19-20 years old, while in a khâgne class – post-school, pre-university. While the teacher’s comment that some of this is ‘quite unintelligible’ is very funny; … Continue reading

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Making Writing Visible – strategies and poster

Making Writing Visible – strategies and poster at Jo van Every’s site. Would you put a sign on your door? What feelings does that bring up? Are your gremlins worried about what would happen? What are their concerns? Would it … Continue reading

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Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis – reviewed in Times Higher Education

As previously mentioned, Umberto Eco’s 1977 book How to Write a Thesis now out in translation from MIT Press – it is reviewed in The Times Higher Education by Robert Eaglestone – thanks to Dean Bond for the link. Here’s the concluding … Continue reading

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Seven upgrade strategies for a problematic article or chapter

Some interesting writing and publishing advice here. Here’s the heavily compressed version: Do one thing well. Flatten the structure. Say it once, say it right. Try paragraph re-planning. Make the motivation clearer. Strengthen the argument tokens. Improve the data and … Continue reading

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Umberto Eco – How to Write a Thesis (MIT Press)

Umberto Eco’s 1977 book How to Write a Thesis now out in translation from MIT Press. By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and … Continue reading

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The Mechanics of Research Production – some interesting writing advice at Daily Nous

The Mechanics of Research Production – some interesting writing discussion and advice at Daily Nous. This isn’t just relevant to philosophy. There are many little everyday steps leading up to the production of a philosophical manuscript. Charles Rathkopf (CUNY) writes in … Continue reading

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Foucault’s Last Decade – Update 19: a nearly complete first draft

Since the last update I’ve spent two long days working on the individual chapter files, checking and rechecking things, filling in references, and reorganising some things. In particular I reworked all the parts on the lettres de cachet. I’ve decided … Continue reading

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Mary Beard on ‘How to Write’

in her TLS column, classicist Mary Beard discusses ‘How to write‘. Other than the updates on the Foucault book, I’ve not written much about writing recently on this site. But I have done in the past – there is a … Continue reading

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Foucault’s Last Decade – Update 17

I’ve made good progress on Chapter 9 around Christmas and the New Year. A productive day in the British Library today filled in some missing references to primary or secondary material Foucault utilised, as well as tracking down two little-known … Continue reading

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