Writing Adivce from Three Authors

Today is now the half way point for Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo). For the occasion I have compiled three older blog posts with advice for writing.

The first bits of advice come from author Henry Miller. Between 1932-33 he wrote eleven commandments that described his working schedule. My favourite is:

10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.

You can find the post on it here.

The second author I previously posted on was science-fiction writer and digital activist Cory Doctorow. There is a link to an interview he gives about the process of writing. I like this tip he gives:

Write even when you feel like it’s shit. You can’t tell what’s good and what’s bad while you’re writing it. Don’t ever rewrite until the whole thing is done. Once you start thinking about what you’re writing, you lose the ability to stop writing it.

You can find the link to this post here.

More recently, I wrote about two posts made by The Chronicle of Higher Learning blogger Rachel Toor. One post is about writing too well and the other gives some good tricks for editing. This was my favourite quote:

On the simplest level, we’re told not to be vague, to write with strong nouns an verbs. But it can be hard to remember what vivid looks likes. When you begin reading academic prose, it’s like going into the monkey house at the zoo. At first you’re overwhelmed by the noise and stink. Then you get so used to it you no longer notice.

You can find the link to this post here.


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One Response to Writing Adivce from Three Authors

  1. cheryl gilge says:

    Reblogged this on deleuzianexcursus and commented:
    “Don’t write like a suburb.”
    that might be one of the most outstanding things I’ve heard in awhile. And I’m afraid I am guilty of writing like a suburb.
    Full of good advice with first draft of the dissertation just around the corner.

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