100 Mistakes Academic Writers Make
…and How to Fix Them
Welcome to 100 Mistakes Academic Writers Make …and How to Fix Them, a podcast for academics and other writers who need to get work done.
- In a world of writing that for most of us is fraught with messiness and uncertainty, books about writing seem to have all the answers. But you’ve not found one that works for you – or more to the point, if you’ve accumulated many that seemed like they’d help you but didn’t – this episode is for you.
We spend so much time reading published writing that we forget that the finished product generally comes at the end of a necessarily messy process. Learning to expect, accept, and embrace imperfect writing as a meaningful part of the process can have a surprisingly positive effect your productivity.
Throughout the academic year, it’s easy look at the summer as the time when major writing will get done. The problem is that summer almost never seems as long as we expect it to be. In the discussion, I’m joined by Professor Cynthia Core from George Washington University.
In psychology, they call it optimism bias—that is the tendency to project productivity based on hopes for the future rather than on evidence from the past. And if time allotted and writing produced rarely line up as you plan, you likely to suffer from it. For those of you who are among the multitudes who routinely overestimate how much writing you can get done in a set amount of time, this episode is for you.
- The topic of process/metacognitive writing has come up in a few episodes, and many of you have made it known that you’d like to learn more about it. So in this special listener-request episode, I do a deep dive into the topic with Erica Kaufman, poet, writer, and Director of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College.
So a journal or publisher is interested in work that you’ve submitted. That’s great! But now you have to face the reviewers’ comments. Maybe you’ve had bad experiences in the past, but shifting your perspective can help you learn to actually embrace the review process.