It will be no surprise to anyone that I hear a lot of writing advice—some good, some less helpful. But some of it is just literally untrue, and yet the myths are so pervasive that people believe they are terrible writers because they are not following that advice.
Just popping into the blog to say that Level Up your Essays, the new book with Inger and Shaun, is … More
A couple of weeks ago, I actually did that thing on a Monday where you look at all your emails, … More
Want to feel calm, get fired up, or find a balance? Give yourself 2 minutes and some mind control of your lungs, you can do it!
In 2019-20 I was writing 3 books with other people (publication ranged from Nov 2019 to March 2021, but this does not reflect the writing or editing period of the books.) The books took between 9 months and 3 years to finish, and all of them overlapped in a great crash.
All of this works because we start doing the work. By not delaying the real work through endless reading and procrastination, we start working towards our end goal, in ways that actually contribute to our goals. That is, we start making words on the page that can be added to and refined until you have enough good enough words to submit a passable PhD thesis.
But I’m just submitting my third book manuscript in a year (not to mention a book chapter, two commissioned poems, a book review, some peer reviews, and a short non-fiction piece that I also submitted in the last 12 months). So it’s not that I’m excluded from super-productivity, it’s that I’m benefiting from it and succeeding at it and I’m concerned by it.
Last week, I headed up to Canberra to hang out with my How to Fix your Academic Writing Trouble co-authors and hold … More
There is a stage at the end of a major project, like sending off a book or a thesis, where … More
You know how it is. You’ve been working on an article forever, but it just isn’t working. You need to … More