Category Archives: Writing

Jo van Every, Finding Time for your Scholarly Writing – new short guide

I’ve mentioned Jo van Every’s work before in relation to writing and time-management. She has a new guide out – Finding Time for your Scholarly Writing. Jo kindly sent me an advance e-copy. I already try to write every day, … Continue reading

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LSE Impact Blog – “Six academic writing habits that will boost productivity” (plus other links)

LSE Impact Blog – “Six academic writing habits that will boost productivity” I’m not sure by the notion of ‘productivity’, but there is some good advice here. Here are the headlines: They “time-block” their writing in advance They set themselves … Continue reading

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Advice from Writing Manuals by famous authors

A roundup of advice from Writing Manuals by famous authors. Mainly fiction, but I think academic writing can learn a lot from the process. There are countless books that purport to teach you how to write. Many of them are … Continue reading

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‘Buy a cat, stay up late, don’t drink: top 10 writers’ tips on writing’ in The Guardian

‘Buy a cat, stay up late, don’t drink: top 10 writers’ tips on writing‘ in The Guardian from Travis Elborough. Mainly about novels, but much applies to any kind of writing. It comes from their book Being a Writer, published … Continue reading

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A year in review – publications, writing, talks, etc.

This is my last day of work in 2017. Tomorrow we head to Tenerife for ten days holiday, hoping for sunshine and lots of cycling. The last major work task I completed today was the copyediting queries for Shakespearean Territories. … Continue reading

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My favourite academic books of 2017

  I don’t think I read as many new books this year as previous years, and the ‘to read’ piles get ever higher… But these are the academic books published in 2017 which I particularly liked: Update: the lists for … Continue reading

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On turning down poorly-paid, limited value, academic work

I’ve just turned down another invitation to write an encyclopaedia entry. I agonised about it, and ended up posting about it on my personal Facebook page. The issue was in part the payment – £40 for 2000-2500 words. I’d be … Continue reading

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How I write and why I write – series of posts at A Trumpet of Sedition

How I write and why I write – series of posts by historians at A Trumpet of Sedition. Posts by Simone Hanebaum, John Rees, Marcus Rediker, Alison Stuart, Gaby Mahlberg, etc. There are lots more posts about writing and publishing archived here.

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Veronika Cheplygina, ‘7 things I’m glad I did during my PhD’

Veronika Cheplygina, ‘7 things I’m glad I did during my PhD’ See also ‘7 things I wish I had done during my PhD’, which I shared back in September. While these thoughts are from the perspective of a scientist, there are … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault Update 13: Writing during Termtime

Even though it is now well into term, with all the things that entails, I have been able to make small bits of progress on The Early Foucault manuscript. I’ve said before how I try to write for two hours in … Continue reading

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