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Inspirational Writing for Academic Publication

Inspirational Writing for Academic Publication

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June 2014 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Do you feel under increasing pressure to produce high quality publications, or struggle to translate your great ideas into inspirational – and engaging – writing?

Gillie Bolton introduces her three ‘key phases’ method (Write for Myself, Redraft for my Reader, Edit for Posterity) to make the writing process less daunting, and offers support and advice on how to develop your own writing voice to use this to engage readers in your research.

‘Characters’ at different career stages help you to identify your own writing level, and before and after examples of work from a range of disciplines clearly illustrate the key writing techniques.

Drawing on case studies, as well as their own extensive writing experience, the authors suggest strategies for dealing with common difficulties such as:

  • Time and energy management
  • Restoring flagging enthusiasm
  • Maintaining inspiration
  • Dealing with potential burnout and writer’s block.

Each chapter concludes with a set of constructive exercises which develop these critical skills and inspire you to improve and enjoy your own academic writing. 

Ideal for upper level students and early career researchers.

Dr Gillie Bolton is an international authority on writing and author of a long publication list including nine books, academic papers, as well as professional articles, poetry, and for a lay readership.
Stephen Rowland, Emeritus Professor of University College London, is author of four books on the nature of research and learning in a range of contexts.

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Chapter 1 - How to Read this Book
Chapter 2 - Towards a Theory of Writing
Chapter 3 - Beginnings
Chapter 4 - Explore, Experiment, Find Out
Chapter 5 - Writer’s Block
Chapter 6 - Redraft for my Reader
Chapter 7 - Engage Critically
Chapter 8 - Write with Authority
Chapter 9 - Where to Publish?
Chapter 10 - Coherence and Unity
Chapter 11 - Structure
Chapter 12 - Edit for Posterity
Chapter 13 - Ready To Go


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'This excellent book justifies its title. It takes the aspirant writer from their research ideas and early writing (the authors suggest this should be experimental) to the production of the final edited text.  Beautifully written, by authors who care, it is an invaluable resource for Doctoral students and newer writers and speaks to everyone who values good academic writing.'

Professor Sue Clegg
Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Research, Leeds Metropolitan University

'A fun and inspirational sweep through territory not always considered within the parameters of academic writing. The three phase frame of writing for self, redrafting for the reader and editing is generative and functional. This text is enormously accessible with its author dialogues, fictional characters, anecdotes, scholarly approach and valuable reading and writing activities. '

Claire Aitchison
Senior Lecturer, Student Learning Unit, University of Western Sydney

'The conversation that is Bolton and Rowland's text reminds the reader and writer alike of the necessary blend of persistence and joy that moves us along the writing continuum of procrastination to inspiration. Their honest accounts of their own writing journeys, and their shared experiences of working with other writers at all levels, are pragmatic, informative, reassuring and engaging.'

Dr. Alison Farrell
Head of The Writing Centre, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

'Bolton and Rowland’s honesty and first-hand experiences of academic writing bring this book to life and make it highly engaging. It offers solid advice in an accessible manner to the writer who wishes to bring the kernel of an idea to fruition through academic publication.'

Dr. Mairead Seymour
Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Law and Society, Dublin Institute of Technology

The key word in the title – and what sets it apart from its rivals – is the word ‘inspirational’. This is not another dry textbook, setting out how to produce a PhD thesis and avoid the perils of plagiarism, shoddy references or grammatical errors.

Frontline magazine, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

good practical examples of issues that researchers face when writing for publication and offers some useful suggestions.

Mr Vincent Singh
School of Allied Health Professionals, University of The West of England
August 20, 2015

It is a supportive andpractical text book for UG student writers who wish to build their confidence as academic writers.

Mr Chris Cullen
School of Humanities, Southampton University
March 9, 2015

It didn't inspire me

Dr Elaine McNichol
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
January 19, 2015

Useful overview and tips for academic writing

Mrs Jane Wood
Clothing Design & Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University
December 10, 2014

Useful overview and tips for academic writing

Mrs Jane Wood
Clothing Design & Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University
December 10, 2014

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