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. …

The Biggest Mistake when Revising Your Writing

There is a mistake that plays a role in every challenge you have when revising your dissertation, academic book, or journal article. And there are tons of those challenges, more than plenty to go around: How do you keep the whole in mind, and move between big picture changes and fine grained revisions, and all the moving parts? How do …

How to Fail at Finishing Your Writing, And How Not To

  The Cycle of Not Finishing Your Writing When you think about it, New Years resolution time is not that far away, which is also the season of failing at what you start. Or, that’s what seems to happen most of the time. What is the real reason why you don’t finish things? This is a question we writers need to …

Academic Mad Libs

Download this Exercise for a Sense of Play in Academic Writing      And, for exploring unexpected possibilities in what we are thinking and writing about. This is a fantastic exercise that anyone can do and everyone can benefit from.      Just yesterday my children were playing Mad Libs, and having a blast. If you don’t know this game, …

12 Tips to Overcome Writing Problems from Famous Authors

The Way Through Writing Problems is Known! There is one powerful writing tip here for each of the most common challenges for academic writers trying to get tenure or finish a dissertation. One of the things I love the most about writing advice is that it can be given in the same media that the art itself is practiced. The …