Category Archives: Writing

 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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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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