Category Archives: Writing

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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Cite Specific: Analyzing Endnotes to Teach Historical Methods

Cite Specific: Analyzing Endnotes to Teach Historical Methods – an interesting exercise by Roxanne Panchasi. It all started with a desire to have a different kind of conversation with my students about citation, one that wouldn’t be consumed by the details of … Continue reading

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Christopher Watkins on research strategies and writing

From Christopher Watkins – a series of useful posts on research strategies and writing, designed for undergraduate, Masters and PhD students, but likely to be of interest beyond that too. In this series I share some of the research hacks … Continue reading

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Jo VanEvery – A Scholarly Writing Guide

In the many posts on this site on writing and publishing, I’ve sometimes mentioned the name of Jo VanEvery, whose blog/website is a very valuable resource. She now has a short e-book available, A Scholarly Writing Guide – go here to see … Continue reading

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Adam Kotsko on work, productivity and overwork

Adam Kotsko reflects on work, productivity and overwork in a post entitled ‘Workohol‘ at An und für sich. This resonated with me given the multiple projects I have running in parallel at the moment. Almost all of these are books … Continue reading

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The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting at the LSE blog

The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting at the LSE blog. Some interesting discussion, not least because it puts the emphasis on the (perceived) quality of publications, not the absolute quantity.  

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“Remember a condition of academic writing is that we expose ourselves to critique” – 15 steps to revising journal articles

“Remember a condition of academic writing is that we expose ourselves to critique” – 15 steps to revising journal articles – useful advice from the LSE blog. (There is a page on this site which collects my own previous posts … Continue reading

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