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Queen on a boat

We spent yesterday watching the pageant from the Butler’s Wharf building near Tower Bridge. The view was amazing! Next week I’m back blogging about Google Scholar. Is it all that? Best wishes, Elisha

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Creative Writing: Character Development

The practice of the creative writer can often be a solitary thing. It is very important to have this peaceful thinking space; however, until you have tried communicating your ideas to someone else, how can you be sure they will … Continue reading

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The Nomadic Academic – What constitutes your perfect working space?

Organising a productive working space is often complicated by the nomadic lifestyle of the student. Traveling between shared halls and silent libraries before heading back home for several weeks of summer holiday, how can you be sure that you have the space … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Outwit Academic Writer’s Block

Rachel Gardner has posted a much circulated blog on how fiction writers can jar themselves out of writer’s block. You can find it here. Unfortunately, most of her ideas are not applicable to academic writing, so I thought I’d offer … Continue reading

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‘Flier’ vs. ‘Flyer’

As I went to save our new fliers today, I wondered about the different spellings of this word. Is it flier? Or is it flyer? My personal preference is to use ‘flier’ for a leaflet and ‘flyer’ for one who flies. It … Continue reading

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How to Be Original, Part III: ‘What keeps you from your academic writing? Fear.’

I’ve been wondering lately about what stops us from writing when writing is what we need to do. There are loads of tips on the internet for getting writing done. Do a quick search for ‘writing tips’ on twitter, and … Continue reading

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What counts as ‘writing’?

I’ve been wondering about this question for some time. As writers and thinkers, what do you count as writing practice? Do you only count those words that might be published or read by someone else? Do you only count your … Continue reading

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