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When you’re in a pinch

The season is upon us again, and the classic cloisters dissertation hand in photos are flooding Facebook. For those of you who have been putting off your dissertation in the hope that it will write itself, the time has come to face up to it. At this point in the year it might feel like […]

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Friday’s Findings

A very decent compilation of three articles worth taking a look at

Here are some articles on writing I’ve read lately: Problems: Great Dramatic Writing Draws Blood & Opens Psychic Wounds Why Multitasking is Killing Your Writing J.R.R. Tolkien’s Writing Process On Creating Good Work View my Consortium SF Series at Amazon. My science fiction book OMNIORB is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Find my […]

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The Sublimated Grief of the Left Behind

More issues in academia… unsurprising and disappointing. This article is a wonderful insight into the cutthroat, uncaring world of academia. All the more reason it needs to be overhauled and fixed.

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It happened during AHA.

I was sitting at home, revising my manuscript introduction and feeling jealous of all of my historian friends at the conference, when I got an email telling me my last (and best) hope for a tenure-track job this year had evaporated.

I’d promised myself that this would be my last year on the market. Now, I’d promised myself that last year, and I’d decided to try again, but this time, I knew it was over.

I closed my laptop and walked out of my office. In that moment, I couldn’t bear to be surrounded by the trappings of a life that had just crumbled around me. The perfect reading lamp, the drawer of fountain pen ink, the dozens of pieces of scratch paper taped the walls, full of ideas to pursue. The hundreds of books surrounding me, collected over nearly a dozen years, seemed like nothing…

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10 Ways To Develop A Unique Writing Style — Writer’s Blog

Creating and refining your own unique style of writing is important, particularly in the modern Internet age, where a high content turnover means readers are constantly in pursuit of something original and clever. However, it’s often difficult – especially when you’re just starting out – to fine-tune the way you write and embody the qualities that make your voice distinct and innovative. So how exactly do you tease out those qualities? How do you then apply them to the actual process of writing? Here are ten hot tips to get you started today.

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The Creator, The Cartographer, and The Cambist: On “Boundaries of Culture”

Kwame Appiah’s 2017 presidential address for the Modern Language Association, “Boundaries of Culture” tackles several ideas that have seeped into literary theory and literary studies and, therefore, shape the way we are encouraged to read.

If you have studied literary theory, I know you find yourself looking at a work with a critical eye sometimes, and I know that critical eye can take away from the way you want to simply just enjoy the work rather than rake it over for hints and flaws and threads to unravel. I do it all the time, and I’m not just talking out of my ass, here. But even though Appiah seems to be having birthing pains to his thoughts throughout this entire address, his points about criticism are easily applied and incredibly relevant. (Sorry if you’re reading this professor :P)

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Balancing Life and Writing (Guest Article by Clara C. Johnson)

Excellent commentary on busy lives and making excuses!

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Balancing the time to write, attending five classes a week, homework, studying for exams, working a full-time job, and spending time with loved ones seems to be for the talented juggler, but I am here to tell you that anyone can do it if you can learn to manage your time well. Unfortunately, many (including myself) heard the famous writing advice that in order to finish your work in progress (WIP) and to become a better writer, you have to write literally every single day. Fact of the matter is, we all have responsibilities outside our writing such as jobs, family, and school that must take priority. In addition, suffering from health complications can also affect your ability to achieve this goal. Frankly, it can be quite impossible for anyone to write every day!

First, I must offer an adjustment to the advice. I think if you plan to become…

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