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Setting Your Writing Routine - Weekly planner with pencil poised to fill in Monday's plan

Setting a Writing Routine and Sticking with It

Many academics struggle to fit writing (our main job) into busy schedules. Here's how to set a writing routine that works for you.

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Writing an Academic Book Proposal

What makes for a great academic book proposal? Learn what publishers looking for and how to make your proposal stand out from the crowd.

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Turning Your Dissertation into a Book

Learn the step-by-step process for revising and turning your dissertation into a book—one that people will actually buy and read.

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Productively Working with an Editor

The ins and outs of productively working with an editor on your academic book: when to hire, which kind of editing you need, and how to best collaborate.

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Getting the Most Out of Writing Groups

Learn how to design and run writing groups that build the accountability systems, intellectual communities, and editorial support groups you need.

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Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

How interdisciplinary scholars can harness their skills to produce public writing for diverse audiences and publishing venues.

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Revising Seminar Papers into Publications

How to turn those seminar papers into publications of various sorts, where to publish them and when, and how to tell when a paper is worth the work.

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Dissertation Help: Early Planning and Where to Start

Dissertation help on mapping the project out, selecting which chapter to write first, and crafting a writing routine that works for you.

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Dissertation Writing Tips: Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

Dissertation writing tips on organization: what goes in each chapter, what order things need to appear in, and how to create a strong narrative arc.

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How to Get Re-Inspired by an Old Project

Your project used to be exciting but your passion and motivation are gone. Learn how to get re-inspired by an old project like a book or dissertation.

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Writing Routines and Rituals to Get Those Projects Done

How to fold writing into your daily life through writing routines and rituals that fit where, when, and how you think and write best.

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How to Create Realistic Writing Deadlines

Meeting writing goals requires setting realistic writing deadlines that fit your real life and take into account your commitments, resources, and goals.

Structuring Your Dissertation or Next Book

How to find the big, overarching structure or framework that ties all your ideas together into a cohesive, publishable academic book or dissertation.

Brainstorming: Where to Begin When Lacking Inspiration

Interdisciplinary research requires a tremendous amount of creativity, mess and play, especially in its early stages. Here's how to start brainstorming.

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How to Start a Writing Group (and Why You Should)

Writing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Academic writers need community support to thrive. Learn how to use a writing group to finish your big writing projects.

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When to Hire an Academic Editor and Indexer

So you're ready to hire an academic editor or indexer. Here we explain how far in advance this happens and how to know which kind of editing you need.

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Writing a Kick-Ass Conference Abstract or Proposal

Our guide for interdisciplinary scholars on how to best distill your research, theories, and ideas into a conference abstract or proposal.

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How to Punch Up Your Academic Writing with Storytelling

Stories can promote learning. Here's how to incorporate more storytelling into your academic book, article, or dissertation.

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How to Write Public Scholarship

How interdisciplinary scholars can identify the best outlets for their public scholarship and make their writing accessible to diverse audiences.

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What to Do with Reviewer Comments: The Big Picture

In this first part of our series on reviewer comments, we explain how to approach the revision process generously.

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What to Do with Reviewer Comments: The Nitty-Gritty

In this second part of our series on reviewer comments, we explain how to decipher conflicting advice in academic peer reviewer reports and how to decide which reviewer suggestions to follow.

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Ideas on Fire’s Favorite Books on Writing

Our favorite books on writing: the writing guides that help us think critically, move us, and embolden us to imagine otherwise.

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Dissertating While Parenting: Not Such a Contradiction

Finishing a dissertation while being a parent can be challenging. Here are strategies for getting  research done while also spending time with your kids.

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Finally Finish Your Dissertation: The Last Push

The last push is often the hardest. Here's how to finish your dissertation strong when you're down to the wire and just need the thing done.

How to Trim Down an Article or Chapter that Is Too Long

Meeting word counts page counts is hard. Here's you can trim down a piece of writing to make a stronger argument and a clearer text.

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How to Write a Peer Review Report (without Being a Jerk)

Writing a useful peer review report requires approaching reviewing with respect and care, recognizing there is a human behind the work.

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Understanding Conference and Journal Article Rejection

Rejection is never fun. But understanding how conference and journal article rejection works lets you give your research the best chance possible.

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Footnotes, Endnotes, and the Authorial Conversation

Whether poetic, snarky, informative, or scandalous, footnotes forge complex social bonds between readers, authors, and editors.

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Staying Curious About Your Research

Curiosity brings us to our research, but it can get lost in the slog of the work itself. Here are some tips on how to stay curious about your research.

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