So, I am writing a book. I have been sort-of-kind-of writing a book for a long time now. We have an on and off relationship, my book and I. But, a proposal is being reviewed, and the hope is that the feedback will be a green light, so I have to get writing. And soon. … Continue reading PhD workout: warming up your writing muscles
Lovely husband and I have been talking lately about a group of new research students he is working with. He observed yesterday that part of their struggle with writing up their research projects is that they lack confidence in their claims. This got me thinking about making arguments in academic writing, and putting ideas out … Continue reading Publishing and thesis-ing: finding the courage of your convictions
In my last post, I talked about the struggle of getting back into my writing. Last year was predominantly The Year for Other People's Writing, and it has been so long since I have created any writing of my own that I feel my mojo is well and truly gone. I hope - I think … Continue reading Writing mantras: do they work to get you through the Hard Days?
I have this problem: I am not always a huge fan of reality. It's often far less interesting and well-ordered than the world I can create in my head. For example, it can take 2 years to publish a paper - writing, revising, reviews, more (crushing at times) feedback, more revising, and this goes on … Continue reading Fairy castles, ramshackle cottages and writing in the real world
Samuel Beckett famously wrote: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Maybe he said it out loud. Nevertheless, he made a valuable, and often underestimated, observation here that applies really well to writing and research. I find, and I know many others do too, that writing and research are not really about … Continue reading New year, new writing plans, new chances to ‘fail better’