The Handbook of Academic Writing: A Fresh Approach

The Handbook of Academic Writing: A Fresh Approach

The Handbook of Academic Writing: A Fresh Approach

The Handbook of Academic Writing: A Fresh Approach

Synopsis

The Handbook of Academic Writingoffers practical advice to busy academics who want, and are often required, to integrate writing into their working lives. It defines what academic writing is, and the process of getting started through to completion, covering topics such as: Gaining momentum Reviewing and revising Self-discipline Writing regularly Writers' groups and retreats Academic writing is one of the most demanding tasks that all academics and researchers face. In some disciplines there is guidance on what is needed to be productive, successful writers; but in other disciplines there is no training, support or mentoring of any kind. This book helps those in both groups not only to improve their writing skills and strategies, but, equally importantly, to find satisfaction in engaging in regular and productive writing. Underpinned by a diverse range of literature, this book addresses the different dimensions of writing. The fresh approach that Murray and Moore explore in this book includes developing rhetorical knowledge, focusing on writing behaviours and understanding writing contexts. This book will help writers in academic contexts to develop a productive writing strategy, not only for research monitoring exercises, but also for the long term.

Excerpt

If you are an academic, the chances are that your career development is defined by what you write. This simple fact is often the basis of a cynicism and hostility within the academic world. Despite the inevitable problems associated with how writing is evaluated and rewarded across the disciplines, academic writing continues to be seen as the fulcrum on which many other aspects of scholarship depend. In light of this, it is extraordinary that the process of academic writing continues to be an under-explored, unexamined and poorly reflected-upon process. If it is a process that lies at the very centre of academic performance and success for both academic teachers and their students, then surely its dynamics and challenges need to be subjected to more thorough analysis. This book engages in that analysis in order to provide an empowering framework for academic writers. It aims to help you to develop effective approaches to your own writing challenges. It offers insights and lessons that we think will be particularly useful for those who are new to the academic environment, but will also help with the re-conceptualization of writing-related issues for those who have been operating in academic environments for some time.

Academic writing is often a highly problematic but always potentially transformational activity. Despite the great diversity within and between different academic disciplines, several common themes are associated with the experience of writing in academia. It is often encountered as a process that is full of paradoxes. This book aims to identify and explore those common themes and to help you, the academic writer, to address and resolve the paradoxes for yourself. It will do this in a way that can also help you to become a more productive, effective writer with healthier, more positive approaches to what it means to be an academic, and more particularly what it means to be a writer of academic text. Whether you are writing your doctorate, planning a journal article, struggling with reviewers' comments, or drafting a research proposal, this book will help you to make more effective progress. It will help you to devise a strategy that will reach beyond any individual writing task and to develop an integrated approach to your life as an academic, in which writing plays a central role.

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