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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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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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Long thread on #AcWri particularly focused on overcoming procrastination and "writer's block", and moving stuff forward. Each blog post will be linked to in a tweet, so please bear with me through a long thread. If you're not here for #AcWri stuff, do mute.
A while ago, I read Joli Jensen 's book "Write No Matter What". It's delightful and offers a really chill approach to #AcWri - sustain constant contact with a writing project you like, under very little pressure. My reading notes here -…
I wrote about the different things I do to sustain "constant, low pressure contact with a writing project that I like" (I shared this blog post with Joli herself, BTW and we had a nice chat about it)…
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Thread on writing discussion sections for qual research in constructionist/constructivist traditions.

The idea for this comes from the responses to my previous thread () on writing up findings.

#phdchat #acwri #qualresearch #RxWritingChallenge 1/14
.@mededdoc wondered: If findings are interpreted in the eponymous section, what comes in the discussion of a qual constructionist/constructivist paper?

2/14 (hey, #WritingCommunity! this is for you too)
Let me sketch out a quick outline, in five parts.

First, discuss your findings at a very high level. What are the core things you want your reader to remember from your findings section? If you can use a table to summarize your contributions to highlight them: do!

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Mini thread on writing the results section of a qual research paper. I will limit my comments to people writing within constructivist or constructionist paradigms.


#acwri #phdchat #qualresearch
First, accept that you are analyzing and interpreting the data. You are writing the piece, and therefore you should be in the paper. I prefer the first person (plural or singular, depending on whether you are writing in a team or alone, respectively).

Second, accept that your data do not speak for themselves. You are interpreting them for your reader both during data analysis and while writing. That means that you have to do three things.

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I'm actually currently writing (and the writing is flowing) but I wanted to share a micro-thread with a couple of thoughts on emotions and #AcWri (academic writing). As I started feeling the flow of words this morning, I thought about how important "feeling ok" is to writing.
I'm feeling healthy (I've been pain-free for about two weeks now, since November 2018), focused and concentrated. But yesterday, as I shared here, I felt paralyzed about 3 R&Rs that are crucial to my work. As I was mapping out my March 2019, I realized I have SO MUCH WORK TO DO
But spending the time yesterday to create the roadmap of how I'm going to tackle these R&Rs was really helpful. I've been working on them for a while, not just now, but I now have a clearer vision of what's left to be done and how I'm going to do it. But, back to the emotions...
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I’m going to use this paper to showcase how I highlight, scribble and file my printed materials. I use Sharpie fineliners to write, Stick’n rigid plastic tabs to sort and organize and I’m testing these Faber-Castell highlighters.
First I write the author and year on the plastic tab. I use rigid ones, other people use Post-It notes. For me, the rigidity allows for easier sorting (I file them in magazine holders labeled with the topic or name of the paper I am writing). Colour of label not relevant here.
I usually go through the Abstract, Introduction and Conclusion of a paper (hence AIC) to give myself an idea of the core concepts covered (and empirics if they are included). This is a form of rapid, skimming reading and not a substitute for deeper involvement with the work.
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This is a thread on how to address criticism of low sample size in qualitative research. I hope you will read and share. #AcademicTwitter #QualitativeResearch #critqual #phdchat #phdadvice #educolor #PhD #acwri
1. Any question about sample size must not be answered right away until you understand the context of the question. Otherwise, you will fall into the trap of justifying qualitative research by using the criteria for quantitative research. It's a set up for failure. Avoid.
2. To understand the context of criticism about small sample size, inquire about the concerns first. Is it because the inquirer thinks nothing can be learned from a small sample size, are they asking questions about generalizability, data saturation? What is exactly the concern?
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Hey Twitter, remember the Young Post-Doc Precarious?
You can now buy The Young Post-Doc Precarious on a mug, or as a sticker, or on a t-shirt. (Heck, if you want it on a duvet cover, give me a shout and I'll make you a higher-res version! 😂)…

#phdchat #acwri
Are you a post-doc precarious? Cheer yourself up with a cushion or a travel mug or a postcard!

Are you a PhD supervisor whose student is about to graduate? Give them a glimpse at their future!

There's even a white version to go on black t-shirts!
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#AcWri #PhDchat Fancy some lunch break fun?

I am the very model of a young post-doc precarious:
I have a PhD and my accomplishments are various.
I've publications numerous, a contract for a monograph;
Today's writing output has been a single tortured paragraph.
I fill out applications for jobs temp'rary and permanent:
Will your first-rate department be my unemployment's terminant?
I do impact, outreach, I am a public intellectual,
My tweets and rants and diatribes are passionate, effectual.
In lack of tenure-track professorships like in days halcyon,
I'll get my research funded - yay! - on ko-fi and on patreon!
In short I'm unemployed but my accomplishments are various:
I am the very model of a young post-doc precarious.
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People have asked me how write how I outline a paper. I use a couple of methods. First one is asking questions.
Note how the questions I ask may end up becoming sections of my chapter. Also, as I assemble my paper, I write memorandums for each one of these questions.… this process makes it easier for me to build the entire paper.
Another method is using the IMRAD approach (Introduction, Materials/Methods, Results, and Discussion) - this PDF has helpful suggestions on what goes in each section… Even when I do empirically-based papers, I find IMRAD somewhat hard to follow closely.
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