Getting the Writing DONE

Faculty writers, are you having trouble carving out the time to write … and therefore publish?

In a casual series of columns for Inside Higher Ed, writing coach and social psychologist Peg Boyle Single pulls together some  research to argue for … [drumroll] a regular writing routine.

What did you expect–a pill?

Single is talking first to dissertation writers, but her message holds for most academics. The first article demolishes the usual procrastination-feeding myths about the need for large chunks of time and blessings by the muse.

More interesting are the connections she makes between writing and research on expert performance.  Daily attention to the process will improve the product, she extrapolates, because you will become more attuned to big-picture issues (ideas and organization) rather than minutiae (sentence-level concerns).

Stay tuned for two more installments in her series.

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