I have been reading a lot of other people's writing lately, which has kind of sapped my own creative energies. However, it really has got me thinking about a few issues related to helping other people to improve their writing, which I'll share over a few posts. This one is about 'sounding academic', and what … Continue reading What does it mean to ‘sound academic’ in your writing?
Last year I published two book reviews. In my country's higher education system, I get no 'brownie points' for writing these, as they accrue no status or subsidy in terms of being 'proper research'. I know, as a journal editor, that it is notoriously difficult for many journals to fill their book review sections, because … Continue reading A link between writing book reviews and writing your literature review
I'm starting this post with a confession: I didn't write the Most Awesome Thesis Ever Written, but I wanted to. I got things wrong in my thesis, and I didn't really push myself as hard as I could have in the analysis of my data. While I am proud of what I achieved, and (mostly) … Continue reading What if my thesis is not The Most Awesome Thesis Ever Written?
It may seem, from the title of this post, that this will be an angry post, ranting about revisions and papers that are not done even though you want to be done with them. That is only partly true. There will also be insightful musings on why revisions are just so damn hard to do, and … Continue reading Why are revisions so difficult? or Why is this *@#$ paper not finished!
This is my 41st post on this blog, and I was thinking recently about how different keeping the blog up to date is now compared to when I started last year. When I started I had so many ideas and I had posts scheduled for a few weeks; I was just churning them out. Recently … Continue reading Making time to write