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Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B06XW8W77D
- Publisher : Harvard University Press (17 April 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 4876 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 197,253 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sword first encourages the reader to consider their BASE (Behavioral, Artisanal, Social and Emotional writing Habits). This book facilitates a journey of self discovery and challenges academics: to try something new; to discover what will work for them in different locations, time and space; and to reframe negative mindsets/language. This is achieved without providing a formulaic, "one size fits all" approach. An accessible read with helpful "things to try" sections at the end of each paragraph.
I have read this whilst recovering from surgery and during a period of stereotypical "imposter", self doubt, "I'm never going to get this publication finished mode. I feel energised, refreshed and ready to to experiment with my writing habits! I am particularly keen to share this book with colleagues and PhD students and encourage more "writing among others" (pp.135-146). This is definitely progress!
*Refusing to invest artisanal time crafting this review but wanted to focus on sharing my recommendation of this book with others who may have been struggling!
Sword also spotlights individuals every few pages and gives a longer space to explain their writing habits and practices.
In fact, 'individual' could be the main theme of the book. Sword does not prescribe: she allows and describes. With her emphasis on the different types of habits behind writing (behavioural, artisanal, social and emotional), she shows how important it is for each writer to find out what works best for them.
It's a great book, and absolutely worth every penny. Buy it for somebody else, as well as yourself.