Getting Started on Structure for an Article or Academic Book

Chances are you are reading this because writing your projects in the past have led to a big messy patches that were very hard to get through. It kind of feels like extremely thin copper wires are tangling in your brain and also coming out of your head, poking out from two to four inches, although when you look in …

Literature Review Boosters: 4 Steps for Structure

How to Find the Singular Focus You Need:   You will know how to write a literature review when you know its plot. And it doesn’t have to be some kind of a song and dance. Kind of like the drum solo in a rock song, you may be expected to write parts of your text as a lit review whether …

How to Write Faster: The Fix for Writing Too Slowly

  Professors and Grads: One Simple Technique to Shift Into Smooth Writing If it hurts to write your academic book, journal article, or dissertation, and it goes on forever, and you also sometimes have the ghastly thought that… “I would like to have a life,” then you probably wish you could write a bit faster. It’s not like you can …

Grading Papers Can Be Fun, So Can Writing

But then there’s… Ugh—facing the pile. Or not, which is what often happens. If you have two weeks to grade papers, what happens in the first week? The first ten days even? C’mon, be honest. If you are like… well, anyone, there’s a good chance that you collect those papers, think “ah so nice that there’s two weeks for grading,” …

A Simple Plot for a Literature Review

There’s an easy way to chart your course through it. There are two things you need any time you are stuck in writing. You need to set the course and steady the course. If you are stuck while writing a literature review, then each of these things– set the course and steady the course– have particular ways in which you …

BIG Goals Gone Wrong (and Right)

What to Do with Our Big Dreams and Terrible Predicaments Not many people finish that book. You may have heard it said that something like 70% of Americans hope to write a book some day (surely by this point in American history the number has dropped, no?). In any case we know how that all turns out: very, very, very …

How to Stop Yourself from Involuntarily Quitting Your Academic Book or Dissertation

As a pressured academic writer, you can find yourself in a state of involuntarily quitting, watching yourself while you are not writing enough. Now don’t get me wrong, nothing wrong with quitting! It’s vastly underrated. When quitting is right, you escape all kinds of problems and get a chance for new possibilities. You don’t have to worry about getting an …

Negative Thinking: A Trick for Writers

What is the #1 obstacle to our writing a lot, and with ease? Well for academic writers, the winner has got to be… The nasty things we say to ourselves about our selves. Chances are you don’t need any explanation about what this refers to. Writing has this way of naturally calling up a critical voice in the mind. Even if …

Writing without Fear, with Meditation

Simply put, writing is stressful for every single body. Plus, there can be anxiety while writing, while thinking about writing, while thinking about not writing, fear and dread can wrap itself all the way around a writer and leave them unable to go on. Or, like most of us, some unpleasant but not quite so extreme version of the above. …