How to Write a Journal Article Fast

There is a smart way to do it. This can also work for creating your masterpiece—nothing against that—but today I wanted to share some pointers about just getting an object done. A thing. Those times when you just HAVE to get it done, and there’s little time. Four weeks, is plenty of time, and I’ll tell you why. As long …

Why You Shouldn’t (and Should) Focus on Writing Style

I’m going to say something here that might cause a gasp of horror. Something that seems to fly in the face of what people say about writing productivity. Something that seems to fly in the face of the often stated plea to write first and revise later. That to be productive academic writers we need to ignore quality at first …

How to Get Addicted to Writing

Heel, me! That is, not heal me, but “heel!” This is our habitual approach to self-discipline. Unfortunately it’s based in a belief that to finish your writing you can and should force yourself to do it. And there is something wrong with you if you can’t do that. In the case of academic writers, you are supposed to always force …

The Pitfalls of Quasi-Working

As an academic writer I bet you’ve sometimes wished that you punched a clock every day and could just go home and forget about it all, after a certain hour of the day. I know I have. Instead of scrambling around day to day, trying to fit everything in, what if I could just work part of my life, and …

Get Unstuck Procedure for Restarting Your Writing

If you are getting stuck trying to start up your writing project, and find yourself avoiding the troubling feelings that brings up, thus also avoiding doing the writing you need to do, why not try a few procedures, first, before giving in? Thing is, if you give in and avoid the sucky feelings of being stuck getting started then you …

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 …