Academic writing is like a painful, upper middle class dinner party

This blog post is part of a series dedicated to developing ideas for a new book I am writing with Shaun Lehmann (@painlessprose on Twitter) and Katherine Firth of the Research Voodoo blog. "Writing Trouble" will be a Swiss army knife of a book, containing range of strategies and tactics for fixing academic writing that … Continue reading Academic writing is like a painful, upper middle class dinner party

Thoughts on ‘Deep Work’

Cal Newport's previous book "So good they can't ignore you" is my all time favourite book on career building. Newport is an academic in computer science, but has made a tidy little side career in writing productivity books. I bought 'Deep Work' as soon as it came out and enjoyed it, but was so busy … Continue reading Thoughts on ‘Deep Work’

Haiku your way to a PhD?

Sometimes I get sent posts that are just too charmingly odd to resist. This one is by Paula Loveday of the University of the Sunshine Coast. PhD candidate and owner of Peace and Prosperity success coaching. This is a post about... well, Paula can explain! Let me begin by saying Iā€™m not a poet. And … Continue reading Haiku your way to a PhD?