All students and professors need to write, and many struggle to finish their stalled dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule. In this practical, light-hearted, and encouraging book, Paul Silvia explains that writing productively does not require innate skills or special traits but specific tactics and actions. Drawing examples from his own field of psychology, he shows readers how to overcome motivational roadblocks and become prolific without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. After describing strategies for writing productively, the author gives detailed advice from the trenches on how to write, submit, revise, and resubmit articles, how to improve writing quality, and how to write and publish academic work.

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  1. Megan L. Mccall

    Hi, my name is Meg and I’m a binge writer. I picked up this book knowing that it was going to tell me to stick to a writing schedule. I thought, “Well, I’ll just ignore that part and pick out the stuff I like.” I really did not want to hear that in order to be productive, I would have to schedule several hours a week in order to write. I am a busy person; where on earth will I “find the time”? Long weekends and school breaks are when the writing will get done. Well, P. J. Silvia shattered that illusion into a million pieces… He made…

  2. Franciscan "Franciscan Friar"

    Motivational, Insightful and Extremely Helpful! This little volume carries a lot of punch; don’t be confused by it’s small stature. While Silvia outlines his method right from the start – Schedule Time to Write – his development of the things one needs to consider in order to be productive is wonderfully insightful.Perhaps the most useful chapter is the second in which he lists a number of “Specious Barriers to Writing a Lot,” i.e. poor excuses. It may be his background in psychology, or just his keen observational and…

  3. Anonymous "Anonymous"

    Some strong parts but many weak ones, too This is a mercifully short and amusing book on writing for academic psychologists. I read it in two days, and I enjoyed it–for the most part. I have read a few books that treat the subject of writing in the academic setting in more depth, though, and I would not recommend this book as the only book you should read on writing. It discusses some subjects that I haven’t seen addressed in other books, which is great. The chapter on publishing in journals and dealing with reviewers is nice. The…

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