Academics Writing Too Fast?

Interesting piece ... look out for the words that are used! We all know that academics, under constant pressure to publish, are writing too fast, with little time and even less inclination to craft their prose as scholars of old might have done. Consequently, it is easy to complain about declining aesthetic standards, but this does not get to the heart of what is going wrong, particularly with academic writing in the social sciences. Read…

Writing Persuasively?

Fascinating insight into writing persuasively: I never had a single rejection as a fiction writer, but that was because I spent an eight-year apprenticeship as an advertising copywriter, learning to use words to persuade and convince (I nearly wrote corrupt), everything I wrote subjected to reading and noting tests, every word graded according to efficacy. I learned to identify with readers, the uses and abuses of typography, how one enthusiastic adjective makes three times the…

Narrative Trust with Helen Sword

Definitely an article to take on board, as someone who is keen to write 'clearly and engagingly whatever the audience': What theory can be advanced to explicate the propensity of a significant proportion of individuals engaged in the scholarly profession to manufacture writerly texts that exhibit a more substantial resemblance to the technicality-replete discursive formations of androidal entities than to the quotidian narrative artefacts of the non-academic populace? Or to put it another way: Why…

From PhD to published…

This has been published from the train - I'll be back to sort headings, links, etc when on something other than an iPad In 1991 (I think it was) I picked up a postcard 'Women of Britain' at the Imperial War Museum. So started a fascination with British wartime propaganda posters... With an A-Level project, a BA dissertation, and a PhD in the subject, as well as chapters, articles and press coverage, I think you…

Feel the Rush @timeshighered

Incisive debate on contemporary issues is curtailed by the glacial pace of academic publishing, argues Tim Luckhurst. Adopting new journalistic models would inject vitality into academics' work As a journalist, I learned a lesson that many academics consider not just counter-intuitive but heretical: if a job is worth doing it is often worth doing fast. If the job is very important, it may be necessary to complete it at supersonic velocity. To an editor in…