Category Archives: Writing

Can you have too much writing time? – some discussion at Explorations of Style

Can You Have Too Much Writing Time? A few weeks ago, I received an email from a former student, asking for some advice about managing a summer of writing. With her permission, I am sharing her email and my reflections on … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin’s thirteen rules for writing

Walter Benjamin’s rules for writing – something I shared in the early days of this blog, but worth doing so again. I. Anyone intending to embark on a major work should be lenient with themselves and, having completed a stint, … Continue reading

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Research hacks intermezzo: A cornucopia of writing and publishing advice from Stuart Elden – Christopher Watkin

Research hacks intermezzo: A cornucopia of writing and publishing advice from Stuart Elden – Christopher Watkin links to my list of writing and publishing posts, and picks some of his favourites. This is part of his series of Research Hacks … Continue reading

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Christopher Watkin, Research Hacks 8 and 9 – arguments and knowing when to stop

Christopher Watkin, Research Hacks series continues. #8: How to know when “good enough” is good enough in academic writing #9: Building an argument with the “it’s not as simple as that” tool You can read the rest here. There are … Continue reading

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Some responses to the post about ‘Why I prioritise writing books over articles, even in an era of research assessment’

Some responses to the post about ‘Why I prioritise writing books over articles, even in an era of research assessment‘. The post got a lot of hits, partly through multiple retweets. While I also replied to the comments I saw … Continue reading

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The End of Term 2

The Maynooth and Dublin events were the last of a sequence of talks. Over this term I also gave talks in London (SOAS, IHR, British Library), Durham, Oslo, and Kingston. Often invitations grew after acceptance – come to give a seminar, but also … Continue reading

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Why I prioritise writing books over articles, even in an era of research assessment

There is a widespread perception that the UK higher education system emphasises quantity over quality in terms of publications, and that there is a constant need to write and submit journal articles. Yet in a six or seven-year research cycle, … Continue reading

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Wyl Menmuir – How to finish a novel: tracking a book’s progress from idea to completion

Although it is a very quantitative model, and suggests quite a linear mode of working, this is an interesting reflection which should be useful beyond just writing fiction. Wyl Menmuir, ‘How to finish a novel: tracking a book’s progress from … Continue reading

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Raul Pacheco-Vega’s research resources

I’ve linked to Raul Pacheco-Vega’s research and writing technique posts several times. He had now got a page which collects these – grouped into categories. I have blogged a lot about a broad variety of different topics. Many people ask me if … Continue reading

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Three useful pieces of writing and other academic advice

‘How to make writing in the humanities less lonely‘ – Times Higher Education ‘The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation‘ – Chronicle Vitae ‘Impostor Syndrome Is Definitely a Thing‘ – The Chronicle of Higher Education   There are lots more collected at Writing and … Continue reading

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