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Next side quest---"Get Structure"---is open for my history writing seminar, and I'm going to post a twitter-friendly version of it here:

#acwri #twitterstorians
Writing something the length of a dissertation/book chapter is not a natural thing to do! It takes effort, and to be sustainable, it takes effort distributed over time.
Even the most insightful thinker does not think in polished essays; they think in chunks, in furtive observations, in half-realized concepts, and then they fashion all of those things into a polished essay by spending the time to develop them.
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#AcWri Thread:

My students ALWAYS ask me the question:

"How do I go from having the Detailed Outline to actually writing a Memorandum (or a series of Memos) that I can then assemble into the full draft of the paper?"

Well, everyone: Grab a chair because HERE IT GOES.
As you all know I’m finishing a chapter on ethnography in comparative environmental politics.

Comparative is what I do and who I am.

This doesn’t mean that it’s any easier to write. So I always go back to basics.

1) Initial Outline. Basic layout of ideas, headings/thoughts.
2) Break down each chapter heading/main idea into ideas/Topic Sentences/Triggering Questions.

As you can see here, I grabbed the “ethnography in CEP” and started writing Triggering Questions that help trigger my thinking.

I start adding more detail to the heading outline.
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I'm doing a "virtual" visiting scholar stint w/ @ubcMedCHES this week. Today was a day full of exciting new connections & great discussions.

Ended my day with a talk: "Digitizing Health Professions Education via #SoMe

I am now going to TWEET my lecture as a #tweetorial. Image
I began by situation myself as the current Assistant Dean of #FacDev within the @MacHealthSci Faculty. Much of my content would eventually revolve around what I've learned from #FOAMed and how it's translated to our recent digital transformation of @MacPFD. ImageImage
Shout out to @sherbino who opened my eyes to @Twitter as a community of practice for myself as a clinician AND an educator. The #FOAMed, #MedTwitter, and #MedEd tweeps have been instrumental in helping me develop as a practitioner, scholar, and now faculty developer. ImageImageImageImage
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First of all, you may have noticed I did not have a "Reading Notes" blog post of @biblioracle 's excellent book, "The Writer's Practice", which I HAVE read, recommended numerous times AND tweeted about. I think I never got around writing that post, which I'll do now.
I have become a MUCH better writer by PRACTICING WRITING.

I write a metric ton of text.

I write a blog. I write journal articles, book chapters, and I'm writing three books (don't ask, I'm just... unable to say "no" to interesting opportunities).

I have explained before...
... that I firmly believe we can ALL develop A WRITING PRACTICE.

In order to learn how to develop a system to regularly produce text, you DO need guidance. The books I'm going to write about and the posts I'm going to link to will explain how to develop this writing practice.
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Two weeks ago I asked my fellow #AcademicTwitter:

How to cope with doing a part time #PhD and full time work in times of #COVID19?

Here are the tips I have received: a thread

#phdpandemic @AcademicChatter @careerconversa1 1/
"1. Work on your motivation. Why do you want a #PhD? " @4nn4nd4

It may help to create a mindmap of your own reasons and have it always visible. In my case, I like to write lists so I put a post-it at my computer with my top 3 to keep the motivation up.

#Motivation #phdchat 2/
"2. Manage your energy, not your time." @elfriesen

In times of #phdpandemic our energy may be very low. So, it is important to make good use of it.

@elfriesen suggests the @ProfessorIsIn and @kelweinhold
podcast on energy management:… 3/
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It’s publication day for Applying Linguistics In Illness and HealthcareContexts! Been a long time coming!
I could not be prouder of the volume!

Today, you'll get little previews and snippets from each chapter.


As a special treat, you get 35% off by entering 'GLR TW4' at…
A massive THANK YOU to all the brilliant scholars who created the volume (mentions to follow), to @professorliwei1 for the push, and to @BloomsburyLing for publishing it!
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I gave a presentation on Creating Effective #Writing Habits today as part of the kickoff for our @SCMirecc @Ce_MHOR Scientific #WritersMonth. Suggestions are evidence-based & tested by myself & @EvaWoodwardPhD. Sharing highlights in thread below. #AcWri #AcademicTwitter 1/17 Image
First, "why me?" to share about writing habits? I used to think I was bad at writing & would never have many papers. In my first job, a prolific writer shared many of her writing practices. The red line shows when I changed my writing approach. Definite improvement! #acwri 2/17 Image
Here's the list of writing habits we discussed today - regular writing appointments, tracking, & accountability are my top 3 (although I use all of these!) #AcWri 3/17 Image
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My talk is in less than 20 minutes but I want to start a thread on projects like this from Dr. Yasmeen Abu-Laban, a full professor at @uabpols (University of Alberta’s Department of Political Science).

I think it’s amazing that Dr. Abu-Labán organizes these writing sprints.
I love the idea of "writing retreats" but I am very aware of the drawbacks and time/resource limitations of trying to organize or participate in a writing retreat.…

I do love the concept of in-house writing retreats, such as #ShutUpAndWrite

MY own experience running a #ShutUpAndWrite workshop at CIDE was in the range of between very poor and ok-ish. I think doing it helped those who participated, but not all of them enjoyed or benefited from it to the same level that I wish they had. This frustrated me.
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This has been all over Twitter. Lots of climate tweeps have been pointing to it as evidence that local food is just a romantic eco-myth - that if we really want to eat environmentally, then ‘the what’ matters, not ‘the where’. Time for a thread……
As a professor studying climate change policy, and as a climate activist who does believe in the value of individual action as a potential catalyst for collective-scale change, I can see the appeal of a simple message like “it’s the what; not the where”.
Sure, for the average urban resident in an industrialized economy with no relation to how their food is produced - this rule of thumb will often stand to reason in terms of leading to lower carbon food choices.
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The #Reads for the Rest of Us list for Dec is coming soon @MsMagazine! I'm also working on the mother of all "most anticipated" reads (by women, #TGNC, #queer, #fat, #immigrant, #neurodivergent, international, and otherwise underrepresented writers) of 2020 list.
It's a big job! I have over 300 titles that I am sifting thru; so many look fantastic. #Fiction, #nonfiction, #poetry, and more. Some I've already #read, others not yet. I've heard from or reached out to over 65 #publishers and #publicists, they are working hard for you!
Do I know about your #newbook? Message me, email me, Tweet me, if you're not sure. My goal is to help raise visibility of historically marginalized #writers. I'm so lucky to get to learn about and read your amazing work along the way!
#womenwriters #readwomen #tbr #diversebooks
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Last session of the conference: Publishing Bodies, Building Worlds with Andrew Mazzaschi, Elizabeth Groeneveld, Sharon Lauricella, Melina Alice Moore. #nwsa2019 #nwsa19
Groeneveld: Discussing how trans people carved out space in lesbian media - On Our Backs helped foster trans-inclusion. Lou Sullivan wrote "Information for the Female to Male Crossdresser" and placed ads in the magazine. #nwsa2019 #nwsa19
Groeneveld: OOB began including more trans articles, etc. highlighting voices of trans men. Loren Cameron This Guy is Hot by Susan Stryker: In 1991 Cameron posed for photos for OOB and then took up photography himself. Important for trans self-representation. #nwsa2019 #nwsa19
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Also I've been editing a ton of NSF GRFP statements this cycle. I could (should) probably write an entire series re some common writing pitfalls I see but for now I want to share just one thing I've noticed recently: language that disempowers you as an applicant

❌ "This allowed me to explore xyz"
✅ "I explored xyz"

❌ "I was being trained as"
✅ "I trained in"

❌ "I was able to conduct"
✅ "I conducted"

❌ "I was able to determine"
✅ "I determined"

❌ "The xyz courses available to me"
✅ "I took courses in xyz"
Keep it declarative. Simple. Active. Don't undercut your own accomplishments. Don't sell yourself short. Don't narrate as a passive trainee. Own your story as a scientist. As a professional.

This is not bragging. This is not arrogance. It's owning your actions & accomplishments
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Adventures in academic publishing... a thread about creating my master book proposal template #AcWri #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #ECRchat #postdoc
There are so many resources on writing academic book proposals, so I made a color coded spreadsheet with templates from sample presses and other resources (e.g. @katelyneknox @ProfessorIsIn @tanyaboza @chronicle) to create a master template.
Though different presses/individuals suggest various things, there are some definite trends:
1. Short overview of project (like an intro to a grant proposal)
2. Descriptive table of contents: list of proposed chapters with (sub)headings, and paragragh-length description of each
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We're done with #RSALatinAmerica and I have a few things to share. As many of you may know, I gave a couple of talks within an #AcWri workshop organized by @sergemont with the support of @regstud @ACIUR_Colombia and @CiderUniandes - two of the talks I gave centered around these:
1) my top 10 tips on #AcWri academic writing… (based, obviously, on my experience) a


2) my 8 steps to crank out a quick-and-dirty Shitty First Draft (h/t Anne Lamont):…

These are NOT the only resources I have generated.
I have a page of Resources and several sub-pages that you can reveal if you hover over the word "Resources" (as shown below). I write my blog as a resource for my own students, although for many years now I have opened this knowledge base to scholars worldwide, as a public good.
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Quick micro-thread on feeling stuck in your #AcWri, inspired by something that happened to me as I was reading Ellis Jones' paper on greenwashing… - this paper has a solid, if a little bit hypercritical lit review on advertising, branding, greenwashing
Everything would have been fine (and was!) until I got to THIS sentence. I’m like “WAIT A MINUTE! That’s a mis-representation and mis-interpretation of Szasz 2007!” This prompted me to start writing a memo to counter Ellis’ argument. I should note I have a memo on Szasz 2007.
What Szasz DOES say (as my memorandum shows) is that there is higher likelihood that, because consumers protect themselves using inverse quarantine (aka purchasing bottled water), there is a higher risk of "political anesthesia", disinterest in pushing for better infrastructure.
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Mini-thread on writing literature reviews and having them as assignments. I am bewildered by the lack of guidance on "how to conduct a literature review" all over the place. And yes, I've read books that are specifically on the literature review. I think this stems from...
... something I identified in an earlier thread and blog post - our students are EXPECTED to know how to do something, when nobody has taught them explicitly what it looks like, how to do it.… unless you've taught someone how to do a LR, you can't expect it
I have an entire page on Literature Reviews… I also discuss the different scholarly products that you can generate (annotated bibliographies, Conceptual Synthesis Excel Dump tables, banks of rhetorical precis, etc.) each of these is a different product
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Just gave someone dissertation-to-book advice & in doing so put into words something I've kinda sorta known but hadn't ever articulated. 1/ #acwri
First thing to note is that academic publishers usually want far fewer words than dissertation committees. A longer book is a more expensive book & also they believe (sometimes correctly) that a less technical book (e.g., fewer notes) will get more readers. 2/
Writers of scholarly first books, on the other hand, have just spent AEONS learning that the key requirement for scholarship is exhaustive documentation of everything. 3/
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Micro-thread on what to do when feeling stuck and not making progress in your #AcWri writing. I had been feeling stuck, so here's what I've been doing:
- Preparing R&R memorandums (response-to-editors-and-reviewers) - this doesn't mean, THE ENTIRE MEMO, but making progress.
- Writing down a detailed description of the case study (case studies')
- Writing down the methodology I used, research design/research strategy/empirical strategy
- Actively reading (…)
- Citation tracing and mind-mapping…
- Drafting a new version of my Drafts Review Matrix… (or updating it, as I make progress in the revision)

When I have been really, REALLY stuck, I've spent some time re-planning my summer goals.…

- Copying and pasting threads.
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Many academics find sitting down at the computer and starting to write to be the most difficult challenge facing them. One of the reasons for this, as one of my students put it so well, is that “if I never start, then I never fail.”
#AcWri #PhD
Another reason academics can't get started writing is getting out of the habit of writing–or never having had a writing habit.
While tough to overcome, this obstacle does have some straightforward solutions.
Here are ten (10) solutions.
#acwri #PhD
1. Make other tasks contingent on writing
An excellent way of dealing with the difficulty of getting started is to make a preferred task contingent on a nonpreferred task, as the behavior management experts put it (Boice 1983).
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Today I hand in my thesis for the Second Time after undertaking a year of corrections. This is what I have learned. #phdchat #acwri
What I call “pure stubborn will”, others call “strident determination and perseverance”. Reassess your self-talk, give yourself the props you deserve.
A year is both forever and not very long at all. It probably took me about 7 months to fully overcome my grief and gain the perspective I needed to reassess and rework my thesis. In that time I have found a new job, moved city, made new friends and improved my mental health.
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As promised, a thread on de/colonial citational politics and embodying de/coloniality. A few days ago Sam Museus did a thread on neoliberal citational politics, which is the inspiration behind this thread. Hope you will read and share. #AcademicTwitter #acwri #highered #educolor
1. First - situating term - de/colonial is something I've been writing with a slash to denote the movement between utopian desires of freedom & material condition of resisting colonization. Written & theorized in 2005, 2009, & in almost all of my pubs where I have used the term.
2. I do so to conceptualize de/coloniality not just as resistance to settler colonialism but also as a marker of the conditions of people who are part of once-colonized nations. The settler has left but effects of colonization have not.
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I am going to be very open and vulnerable, for those of you who feel stuck in your academic writing, for those of you thinking you are not making any progress. In the process, I am going to dispel a myth about me. Ever since I was a child, people thought I never got distracted.
I was a straight "A"'s kid, so everyone (and their parents, sadly) thought "wow, what an uncanny ability to focus and concentrate". Well, it's June 8th of 2019 and on this day let me dispel this myth: I get distracted. VERY easily distracted. I'm like any other human being.
A couple of year ago, I wrote about 6 strategies I use to regain focus… because I get so easily distracted, I need to get to work again quite fast, or the distraction gap widens even more. Second myth: I NEVER get stuck with my #AcWri. This is another myth.
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I am going to share the core, key lessons I have learned in the past 5 months, in a short micro-thread. In doing so, I'll be revealing core elements of my personality as well:
1) PUT YOUR OXYGEN MASK FIRST. - I am a naturally generous person, so much so that I often forget to protect myself before helping others. This has worked much to my detriment in academia, as I often say YES to much service that perhaps I should have said no to. This is important
2) I OWE NOTHING TO NOBODY.- This lesson was a hard one to learn. In trying to be helpful, I often put too much pressure on myself to do things for my institution, my discipline(s), academia in general. I expend much time, energy, resources (often FINANCIAL one$$$).
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This micro-thread is for #PhDChat graduate students, and those struggling with #AcWri (academic writing). I do not, and cannot recommend ONE particular book on #AcWri - every book has a different and specific contribution. I can suggest a couple to start, though.
The six ones I suggested here (by @WendyLBelcher @jbernoff Zinsser, Van Maanen, Sword and @jolijensen)… are particularly useful in qualitative research contexts. I have read many others, and you can find those specific to the PhD journey on my blog.
I volunteer my already very scarce time to write blog posts and Twitter threads, which means - no, I can't write a blog post about EVERY book I have ever read. I do, however, remember which threads I've written on a few books. For example, for STEM researchers, I have suggestions
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