Resources

Cool Tools

http://750words.com/:  An online tool to help promote the daily habit of writing. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. . . 750 Words is the online, future-ified, fun-ified translation of this exercise.

Pomodoro technique:  Useful for structuring writing sessions and productivity.

Scrivener:  a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.  See also: Everything Scrivener

Write or Die app

She Writes. She Writes is a community, virtual workplace, and emerging marketplace for women who write, with over 20,000 active members from all 50 states and more than 30 countries.

Writing Groups

Cayley, Rachel. “Thesis Writing Groups.” Explorations of Style: A Blog about Academic Writing.

Curtis, Claire.The Rules of Writing Group. Chronicle of Higher Education. March 24, 2011.

Friend, Jennifer and Juan Carlos Gonzalez. Get Together to Write. AAUP. January-February 2009.

Hara, Billie. “New Faculty Writing Groups.” Chronicle of Higher Education (ProfHacker) September 29, 2009.

Responding to Other People’s Writing (Guidelines). The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill.

Sonnad, Seema S., Jennifer Goldsack, Karin L. McGowan. A Writing Group for Female Assistant Professors. Journal of the National Medical Association. 103.9 (Sept. 2011) 805-9. http://www.med.upenn.edu/focus/user_documents/WritersGroupPapercopy.pdf

Writing in General

Belcher, Wendy. Writing Your Journal Article in 12 weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success.

Elbow, Peter. Writing With Power.

Hjortshoj, Keith. Understanding Writing Blocks.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life.

Rockquemore, Kerry. The Black Academic’s Guide to Winning Tenure–Without Losing Your Soul.

Silvia, Paul. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing.

Also see Inside Higher Ed columns (including a series on summer writing, writing toward tenure, mid-career mojo, overcoming academic perfectionism, and mentoring) by Kerry Rockquemore http://www.insidehighered.com/users/kerry-ann-rockquemore


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