What are some common and/or basic mistakes people make in academic writing? Looking for tips as a US grad student whose native language isn't English. [more inside]
What would you call this style of writing in which terms are introduced in a flurry of comma separated uses, synonyms or phrasal bits, other languages etc. I associate it mostly with continental academic writing but it may have broader uses. Is it ok to write like this in essays for an MA in Continental Philosophy? [more inside]
How can I become better at remembering references to cite in my academic writing? I know how to use APA style, but when I need to write I can remember theories and details, but not where I actually READ those theories. HALP! [more inside]
How should I organize an academic writing group hosted online? [more inside]
A few other graduate students and myself are part of an online writing group hosted on Basecamp. How can I keep the conversation going online? [more inside]
Help. I am a junior academic but I'm not as good of a writer as I'd like to be and I'd like to change that. [more inside]
The author seeks to obtain the advice of an unknown Other to advance the rhetorical domain of the self, such that greater clarity in discourse may be achieved.
I'm looking to read published academic essays or books that stand out for their excellent writing quality as much as for their content. Any and all subjects are welcome. So far, I've received recommendations for journalistic-style essays, which is not what I'm looking for. Thanks!
After previously having worked in an editing capacity for four years, I miss the experience of editing and what it does for me as a writer. I'm interested in opportunities and ideas for part-time paid or perhaps even volunteer opportunities in the Philadelphia area doing editing. [more inside]
Looking for the right verbs, idioms, and metaphors to spice up my writing. [more inside]
Plagiarism?Filter: I consider myself to be scrupulous about attributing the ideas of OTHERS in my academic writing. But what about recycling MY OWN writing - e.g. using, word for word, my own phrases or paragraphs from a previous presentation for a new one aimed at a different audience? Is this standard practice, or frowned upon? [more inside]
I don't like Microsoft Word much; it feels really bloated to me, and has so many features I never use. I've been looking for an alternative for some time. What word processor does the hivemind recommend for academic writing? [more inside]
Attention writers: I am writing some admissions essays and I have identified a decent extended metaphor to liven them up a bit. Unfortunately, even though I've rewritten it a dozen times, the essay's structure is terrible. What, structually, is the best way to make an extended metaphor work?