How to Stop Being Stuck with your Academic Writing

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How to Stop Being Stuck with your Academic Writing

9781789903959 Edward Elgar Publishing
Seonaidh McDonald
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 78990 395 9 Extent: c 176 pp
Providing a wealth of advice surrounding nuanced ways of working, collaborating and thinking about your writing, this illuminating How to guide acts as an essential sourcebook for academics at any career stage. Seonaidh McDonald chronicles authentic stories, offers countless suggestions and provides key resources to help you progress your academic writing.

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Providing a wealth of advice surrounding nuanced ways of working, collaborating and thinking about your writing, this illuminating How to guide acts as an essential sourcebook for academics at any career stage. Seonaidh McDonald chronicles authentic stories, offers countless suggestions and provides key resources to help you progress your academic writing.

This indispensable guide equips readers with the strategies they need to start writing, and keep writing. Sections can be navigated sequentially, randomly or by linked ideas, offering a myriad of tools and approaches that can be used to develop key writing skills, such as becoming unstuck, drafting and working with others. They also cover a broad range of contemporary scholastic concerns including a section on improving your writing, a discussion of current institutional barriers to academic writing and an extensive resource list.

How to Stop Being Stuck with your Academic Writing acts as an essential resource for scholars struggling with their craft or supporting others with their writing. It will also be of interest to academics of business and other social science disciplines including development studies, economics and management seeking to build more consistency and joy into their writing processes.
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‘Hit by chronic writers’ stuck-ness, Seonaidh McDonald researched, puzzled and wrote her way out of it, with this enormously helpful, practical and engaging result. The wit, fluidity and accessibility of Seonaidh’s writing belie her own struggles. Exploring all the many ways of being stuck, Seonaidh also delivers a diversity of tools and pathways to happy, flowing writing. A tour de force.’
– Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd, Strathclyde University, UK

‘It was a pleasure to read this book – the personal tone, the flow of the text, the engagement with a subject that I am passionate about. It has truly inspired me to explore new mindsets and techniques for writing. I will start using them right away.’
– Sara Persson, Södertörn University, Sweden

‘How to Stop Being Stuck with your Academic Writing by Seonaidh McDonald offers practical suggestions that can be “dipped in” to get past a particular problem, or used more extensively to construct a plan to develop your own writing or that of others. The book offers a good balance of structure and flexible options, so that readers will be able to find useful guidance without feeling they are being constrained into a “one size fits all” approach. Written in a warm and engaging style, the book offers something for everyone who finds themselves wrestling with academic writing.’
– Paul Hibbert, University of St. Andrews, UK
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