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Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing
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The first chapter is a bit overly academic in tone, but the rest is down-to-earth. He does an exceptional job discussing free-writing and clustering; and then he goes on to give further advice regarding how to manage your social and environmental situation to encourage your productivity. His advice works very well -- and it is not just for academic writers.
Things that most helped me:
* Free writing to start, including not even about the material at first
* Only 15-30 minutes/day b/c so difficult to find the big chunks of time
* Keep a log of time put in and check-in weekly w scheduled call
Having reached the end, I'm for the first time more open to sharing rough drafts of ideas before they're ready. "Begin before you're ready" was his point, but I didn't get that, feeling it was too personal to share something so raw. Now I'm not going to think of it as quite as personal--it's not me, those words, because they're not final. Not the only thing I meant to say or have to say. So no criticism of them can really assail me. In fact it's just a work in progress that gets really helped by the mutual conversations. Over time, I'm struck by how memorable Boice's points are, like that one about "externality"-- --the importance of getting writing outside your mind and into other hands. Despite its writing style, I'd grade it an A- for truly helpful content. It helped me go from writing or revising about 25 pages a year to over 250 a year for the past few years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a simple book. Very insightful, but overall not very different from what I've seen in college.Published 4 months ago by German Bobadilla
As far as guides go, it's ok. But ultimately you need to really just focus and get it done.Published 17 months ago by MCV
The author has worked with many blocked writers and has evolved many techniques over the years for helping them. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wraithfriend
I was expecting a book that discussed writing techniques and ways to improve writing in order to convey complex information to a broader audience. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by Marybeth Skinner
Nothing new here. You can get advice on how to become a writer from Google. And you get the submission guidelines from the journal's website. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Azul