Some posts about writing

SomethingSomethingMo

Most readers here are probably familiar with NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which started yesterday. Well, a few people have decided to co-opt or adapt it into something else. Charlotte Frost at Phd2Published suggests AcBoWriMo for Academic Book Writing...

Difficult writing

Prompted by Jeffrey Eugenides's new book The Marriage Plot (which I have begun and am enjoying so far), Steven B. Johnson ruminates in the NYTimes book review and on his blog about his own prose style in college at Brown in the heyday of semiotics and deconstruction....

The opposite of writer’s block

I am one of those writers who worries a lot about writing.  What do I want to write and why, how should I write, how do other people write, both in style and in their practice, what should I make my students write, and why? ((more on teaching writing in a later post))...

Writing practices

I have, over the past years, had trouble finding time to write and keeping up momentum, especially at the beginning of the semester, but I have found some practices that work for me.  Here are examples of how some successful authors write, followed by some of my...

Free writing

This somewhat disjointed reflection on writing is sparked by a discussion at fimoculous whether one should write for free.  The question revolves mainly around journalism, but extends to other media forms as well.  This leads us to Chris Anderson's new book “Free: The...

Getting started

I find getting started to be the hardest thing about writing. On a larger scale, when beginning a project or chapter, sitting down, figuring it out, and starting to write is terribly difficult. On a more daily level, the same holds true. I know what I should write...

Writing and Blogging

I've been worrying that blogging has hurt my academic writing, and twitter has hurt my blogging. All my thoughts come, I've been afraid, in tiny 140 character chunks, instead of complex, well-articulated arguments.  But that's not true. It is more or less a matter of...