Category Archives: Writing

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. … Continue reading

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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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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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