It’s no secret that we are all about writing here at Ideas on Fire. From the book to the blog post and everything in between, writing is one of the most powerful tools we have for knowledge-making, community-building and self-expression. Producing good scholarship is as much about deciding what makes it onto the page as it is about the research you’ve gathered along the way. Writing builds new worlds and tears down old ones, challenges the status quo, and urges us to do better.

So for the February installation of our monthly IoF team favorites list, we’ve compiled our favorite writing on writing—our suggestions for what to read when your pen needs a little inspiration (or a lot). Here are the writing guides that make us think, move us, and embolden us to imagine otherwise.

Cathy Hannabach (President)

Terry K. Park (Grad School Rockstars Coach)

Alexandra Sastre (Communications Director)

  • “My favorite isn’t a book technically, but in the midst of dissertating and struggling with the feeling that the more I wrote the more I lost my voice, I was moved by Dear Sugar’s admonition to Write Like a Motherfucker

Kate Drabinski (Grad School Rockstars Coach)

Sarah Grey (Editor)

  • “Did we all say Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird? *peeks* Oh yeah, we totally did. And for good reason. Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style is worth reading even if Pinker rubs you the wrong way (which he does me). Raymond Williams is also really brilliant for thinking about language and how we use it.”

Michelle Velasquez-Potts (Junior Editor)

Julia Jordan-Zachery (Grad School Rockstars Coach)

Happy reading (and writing)!

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