Crowdsourcing your motivation with Academic Writing Month

Wow, it’s nearly November already and I’m reminded of how quickly time flies. November is always a great time of year for writers, ever since National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) started in 1999. Anyone from around the world with a novel inside them will sit down and write a 50,000 word draft of a novel […]

How long is a lit review sentence?

how long is a literature review sentence

Have you ever thought about how long a sentence in your literature review should be? When I started writing I didn’t at all. I didn’t care and I thought it didn’t matter. A sentence is as long as it needs to be right? The important thing is that you convey your idea so the length […]

Productivity gimmicks: Good or Bad?

smart watch gimick

There is so much productivity advice out there. I talk a lot about productivity here despite the sole purpose of this site being to help you with your literature review. Let’s face it though, productivity is very important. If we can squeeze more out of what we have, whether it’s time or energy, then we […]

Exercise to help develop your writer’s voice

Can you hear me?

The writer’s voice. For me it’s the holy grail of academic writing. I always look to Pat Thomson’s blog for advice on this topic and also just to draw inspiration from the way that she writes and really takes control of her subject. The writer’s voice is how position yourself in the text that you […]

Lessons from Nobel Prize winners

Nobel Medal

So people on my email list know that I work in Sweden, but they may not know that I work at the Karolinska Institute. This is a really cool place to work for many reasons, however the biggest is that here is where they decide the Nobel Prizes each year for Medicine and Physiology. As […]

Are you running on empty with a leaky battery?

battery low

Although it seems like it, this post is not about exercise – check through to the end to see why. I was tired. All the time. My mind was a kind of haze, especially when I wanted to think about writing. I would go to bed early thinking that I could recharge my batteries and […]

Literature Review Bias: do you have too much or not enough?

literature review loaded die

Bias in the literature review is common and has obvious negative connotations. If you are biased, then you are not fairly representing the literature. To me, this is to be one of the biggest problems facing writers and my 1:1 clients. I think if you understand bias in the literature review properly, or at least […]

How to annoy your supervisor

annoy supervisor literature review

So let’s get one thing straight. Your supervisor is there to help you and they want you to succeed. However, if they are stressed or annoyed with you, the chances of you getting the best help you can are reduced. I’m not saying that you are the only thing that is going to annoy your […]