Category Archives: crafting writing

writing by speaking – enter the Dragon

I’ve recently been fiddling about with voice recognition software. Not surprisingly, it’s made me very self-conscious about the actual process of writing. I’ve been writing on a computer for a long time. I made the shift more than twenty years … Continue reading

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why read about writing?

Academics are very concerned with getting the writing done and getting the stuff out there. After all, it’s the out there that counts for jobs, careers, bids and for audit purposes. Writing advice therefore often focuses on how to get … Continue reading

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academic writing – learning from practice

I’ve been thinking recently that one of the problems with writing is that, by and large, we can all do it – and we all DO do it. Being in a literate society means that writing is a bit like … Continue reading

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can you write about mess in your thesis and if so how? part two

Peter Matthews continues his post about writing about the messy bits of his research. In my previous post I reported the “positive story” of my fieldwork – reflecting on that feeling of “connection” with my research participants in the narrative … Continue reading

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am i a ‘writer’?

The other day I was listening to an interview with the novelist Victoria Hislop. When asked if she thought of herself as a writer, she said no. The interviewer was incredulous. How could someone who had written three novels, the … Continue reading

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writer’s block – can’t write/won’t write

Many researchers see writing as a chore, as something to be done after the fun part of generating and analysing data. Even though they know that putting analysis into words and a textual genre is part of the process of … Continue reading

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‘signposting’ your journal articles and chapters

Many early journal writers are asked to put more signposting into their articles. Indeed, journal editors often list lack of signposting as a reason for requesting revisions.   So what is signposting and why is it needed? Signposting is the … Continue reading

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three stages of empirical analysis

It is often helpful to think about data analysis as needing at least two – and often three – stages.   Stage One: Descriptive.  What is there here? A summary of the data is generated – for example through thematisation of interview transcripts … Continue reading

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the pleasure of texts…

I read some academic books for pleasure. Really weird eh, perhaps indicative of someone with a pretty sad life… well yes maybe, but that’s how it is. But there are some people whose writing has become, for me anyway, a … Continue reading

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