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Write no matter what : advice for academics

Author: Joli Jensen
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Series: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With growing academic responsibilities, family commitments, and inboxes, scholars are struggling to fulfill their writing goals. A finished book or even steady journal articles may seem like an impossible dream. But, as Joli Jensen proves, it really is possible to write happily and productively in academe. Jensen begins by busting the myth that universities are supportive writing environments. She points out that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joli Jensen
ISBN: 9780226461670 022646167X 9780226461700 022646170X
OCLC Number: 1023086832
Description: xii, 166 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Writing in academe. Letting go of the dream ; Demystifying academic writing ; Craftsman attitude --
Using tools that work. Three taming techniques ; Securing time ; Securing space ; Securing energy --
Challenging writing myths. Draining the drama ; Demons in for tea ; The magnum opus myth ; The impostor syndrome ; The cleared-deck fantasy ; The hostile reader fear ; Compared with X ; The perfect first sentence ; One more source --
Maintaining momentum. Follow the lilt ; Beginnings and endings ; Finding the lost trail ; Effective feedback ; Handling revisions and rejections ; Working with stalls ; Relinquishing toxic projects ; Back-burner projects ; Breaks, summers, and sabbaticals --
Building writing support. Overcoming isolation ; Creating faculty writing groups ; Building campus writing support.
Series Title: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing.
Responsibility: Joli Jensen.

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With growing academic responsibilities, family commitments, and inboxes, scholars are struggling to fulfill their writing goals. A finished book or even steady journal articles may seem like an impossible dream. But, as Joli Jensen proves, it really is possible to write happily and productively in academe. Jensen begins by busting the myth that universities are supportive writing environments. She points out that academia, an arena dedicated to scholarship, offers pressures that actually prevent scholarly writing. She shows how to acknowledge these less-than-ideal conditions, and how to keep these circumstances from draining writing time and energy. Jensen introduces tools and techniques that encourage frequent, low-stress writing. She points out common ways writers stall and offers workarounds that maintain productivity. Her focus is not on content, but on how to overcome whatever stands in the way of academic writing. She draws on popular and scholarly insights into the writing process and stems from Jensen's experience designing and directing a faculty writing program. With more than three decades as an academic writer, Jensen knows what really helps and hinders the scholarly writing process for scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Cut down the academic sword of Damocles, Jensen advises. Learn how to write often and effectively, without pressure or shame. With her encouragement, writers of all levels will find ways to create the writing support they need and deserve.

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