Category Archives: Writing

Jo van Every on ‘using all three types of writing time’, and some thoughts

The always interesting and useful Jo van Every has a post on using all three types of writing time. These range from ‘full days’, to ‘longish periods’, to ‘short snatches of time’. I think this is helpful – too many people … Continue reading

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Academic Muse – advice for writers from Alan Klima

This looks a useful site with lots of advice on academic writing – Academic Muse from Alan Klima. There is a paid part of the site, but lots of free content too. Thanks to Sue Ruddick for the link. I’ve … Continue reading

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Why you should double-check references…

I have long made a point of trying to avoid references of the form ‘X cited in Y’ (see Eleven Thoughts on Reading and Citing), at least without first checking source X. Having spent quite a bit of time recently … Continue reading

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Amitava Kumar and V.S. Naipal – Rules for Writing

Amitava Kumar has an interesting piece on 10 Rules for Writing, which includes V.S. Naipaul’s ‘Rules for Beginners’. As with any of the things I share on ‘advice’, these are of course only suggestions, and different people work in different … Continue reading

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 Helen Sword, Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write reviewed at the LSE blog

Helen Sword, Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write is reviewed at the LSE blog by Fawzia Haeri Mazanderani. With Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write, Helen Sword explores how academics find the … Continue reading

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The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers

I’ve shared several of these types of posts in the past, but not, I think, this one: The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers

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The Future of the University Press: A Forum (part open access)

The Future of the University Press: A Forum in the Chronicle of Higher Education (a couple of pieces are open access; most only accessible to subscribers). We asked publishers, press directors, editors, scholars, and other insiders for their views on … Continue reading

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Susan Sontag on writing

Susan Sontag on writing – archive interview from the Paris Review. Thanks to James Tyler for the link.

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Mary Beard – How long can it take to write a paragraph?

Mary Beard – How long can it take to write a paragraph? in the TLS. Answer: in my case recently about three days, or — more accurately — about three days of repeatedly getting a few lines down on the screen, then … Continue reading

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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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