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How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing Paperback – Jan 23 2007
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He covers all major categories, so in that regard this book is like all the others. However, he gives this same advice in a much swifter writing style that makes it easy to actually finish reading the book, unlike many manuals out there. The advice that jumped out to me as the most unique point was that he shows that we need to schedule in time to write just like we schedule in time to teach classes. We wouldn't let anything keep us from showing up for our class, so what is keeping us back from putting a fraction of the amount of time each day to write? All of chapter 2 talks about getting past the excuses we use for not writing academically. I know I'll be referring to it now and again!
I like how he talks about he started his own writing group among fellow professors. Having been already familiar of journal article reading groups among professors and librarians, I think his idea of a Agraphia Group is a valid and effective one.
I also like how he talks about all the extraneous uses of words in academic writing. Too often the books that tell us how to write theses, dissertations, journal articles, and academic books ignore the rather pompous writing style often found in such publications. Silvia spends an entire chapter identifying all the missteps in pompous writing and uses examples to illustrate how one can fix and avoid such mistakes.
Like me, you'll probably be happy to add this to your collection of "books on writing" because it's brief, relevant to academic professionals, and quite useful.
I found this book quite helpful especially at a time when I was having a writer's block -which the author of the book finds an invalid excuse for not writing. I applied the principles underlined in the book - prepared a writing schedule, monitored my progress, woke up at a certain time specific days a week - and consequently wrote a good 15 paged paper from scratch in a few weeks. So, it works. But it does not last long. Now I am again in my old state - postponing things to last minute. However, I am thinking about returning my my good old days again.
I still think there is something special about writing, something magic that happens. I've always enjoyed writing. I just hate not getting around to it. My only real problem with this book is that parts of it are aimed at psychologists and not totally relevant for me on the social science side of geography. I didn't find most of the chapter on style useful either. But the main message is very helpful and persuasive. And there are many great insights along the way.
Except for the chapters on writing articles and books, and part of the chapter on style, the book can be used by academics in any field. I am in the humanities and found it very useful.
I have been recommending it to anyone with ears.
It gives advice to stay motivated and productive without sacrificing your personal life.
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love it love it love it! It's the best book ever, I use it all the time!Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
It motivates you toward reading and created your tips to write a lot.Published 4 months ago by Jumanah A.W.
Very useful advice!! It reads like a conversation with a friend who knows all your bad writing habits and is trying to bust them for you! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Monz
My niece really enjoyed getting this book as a gift...She said it got her a better mark in her writing classPublished on March 29 2013 by Artistjohn
This book really appealed to me, it presented straight forward and simple approaches to a. becoming a better writer b. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2010 by Holly Gardner
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