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

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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

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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 […]

Selfish Lit Review Karma

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We all know the general principles of Karma, right? If we help somebody else we will get help back in return. The same is obviously true for writing, if we help our peers to write better then they will help us when we need extra guidance and support. This is all well and good but, […]

In defence of productivity porn

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Productivity porn has a bad reputation and for good reason. It’s the wolf in sheep’s clothing when it comes to procrastination. It comes up to you promising to be the answer to all your productivity problems but under the surface, it’s just a huge black hole waiting to devour your time and energy. Productivity porn […]

Why you should be prepared to scrap it all

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We get very attached to our words. It’s understandable too, it takes such a long time to write them that the thought of deleting them is frankly unbearable. However, this notion that words are so precious and rare is very detrimental to our overall progress. I used to think that the words on the page […]

Organisation: The age old procrastination tool

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Nearly everyone I speak to who’s doing the literature review seems to have a lot on their plate. They have so much to do that they are rarely every doing one thing at a time. Let’s face it, the literature review on its own is quite has lots of different facets to it. There’s the […]

Why you can and you should make a contribution to your field

Is the literature review just an exercise? Is it something we have to do in order to receive our doctorate or another paper on the CV? Sure. It could be. I think the literature review for my thesis was like this. But you know what? These are incredibly hard lit reviews to write. On the […]

Avoiding the blank screen of death

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I’ve been undertaking a number of big writing projects recently. It’s funny how nearly 3 years after starting this blog about academic writing how many of my habits have changed… and how some have not changed so much! I’m writing this because I noticed recently how much of an aversion I have to the blank […]