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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Academic Writing: Don't Despair (More Than You Must)

If writing has ever brought you to the brink of despair, you owe it to yourself to read this article on Shame in Academic Writing. ["Brink," who am I kidding?]

Posted by Lyrissa Lidsky on August 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM in Lyrissa Lidsky | Permalink

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"Isn't 'well written' a subtle insult to most academics? I certainly wouldn't want to take advice how how to make my writing 'work' from the average law professor."

Funny. I placed a LR article with a Top 100 school (think state school with a decent regional reputation) in recent years. During the editing process, the head articles editor told me that s/he really enjoyed editing practitioner pieces, because they are so much more well-written than most professors' pieces.

Posted by: Not a Prawf | Aug 7, 2011 11:49:49 AM

The mentee (what an ugly word) is a graduate student of "creative writing," whatever that means, but is unfamiliar with the word "exacerbate"?

Besides, how would this advice apply in a substantive academic field? Isn't "well written" a subtle insult to most academics? I certainly wouldn't want to take advice how how to make my writing "work" from the average law professor.

Posted by: Jay | Aug 6, 2011 11:03:51 PM

Sounds so familiar, in the non-academic context: "I'm not telling them exactly what they need to hear in exactly the right way. The problem is me, not them. Some become passive-aggressive. Some just become aggressive. Some never learn a thing." Like a bad relationship!

Posted by: Bridget Crawford | Aug 6, 2011 7:24:22 PM

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