You only need to google “Academic Writing tips” to be lost in a plethora of voices.

However, Katy from Researcher Coaching takes the time to break down the academic writing process into actionable blocks that you can apply right away.

There are no extra tools or resources required; just yourself and the willingness to try a new approach.

#1 Think Building Blocks

Break down the writing into sections, main points, and key arguments.

Each point has to be:

  • Introduced
  • Delivered
  • Examined
  • Challenged and
  • Connected to the next point

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#2 Be inspired by a key quote

Start off with a sentence/quote from a respected academic or researcher whatever, and then tear it to shreds (kindly of course)!

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#3 Read papers and articles from outside of your discipline area

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#4 Think creatively

Start with a key scene, theme or event.

Work towards that, how can that happen? What’s the fallout? What is the effect?

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#5 Remember your starting point won’t make the final cut

Don’t sweat it.

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#6 You can be amazed by what a deadline can produce

Know what motivates you to write and use it

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#7 Silence your inner critic

Tell the voice in your head this isn’t the final cut, this is work in progress

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#8 Never finish a writing session at the end of a sentence

Put your pen down mid-sentence, it will give you a good place to start the next time.

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Katy Mahoney Researcher Coach Stylish AcademicMy name is Katy, and I work with researchers so they feel more positive about the direction of their work and more confident that they will be able to achieve success.
I support researchers to be in control of their research.
Whether you are completing a thesis, conducting research as a post-doc or taking your first steps towards managing your first research team I support you to get to where you want to be.
If you…
  • Feel stuck in your research or overwhelmed by what you are expected to do
  • Would like someone other than your supervisor or PI to talk to about the challenges you face conducting your research whilst juggling other projects and priorities
  • Would like to be listened to by someone who understands what it’s like to work in academia
Book your free coaching session today: contact me here.
You may also like to read: 3 hacks to writing effectively – by Jane Jones