Title How to Write a Lot, 2/e
Subtitle A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
Author Paul J. Silvia
ISBN 9781433829734
List price USD 19.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 146
Book size 127 x 203 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher American Psychological Association (Eurospan Group)
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Reviews:

“Silvia draws from his own experience in psychology to explain how to write, submit, and revise academic work, from journal articles to books, all without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. The tips and strategies in this second edition...have been fully updated to apply to academic writing in most disciplines.”

—Midwest Book Review

“Perhaps there are graduate students or faculty members who write as much as they think they should but, if so, I haven’t met any of them in nearly 40 years being a professor. But I’ve certainly met many people who manage to write a lot, and all of them employ one or more of the tactics that Silvia describes. Henceforth, no one should be allowed to complain about how little writing they are getting done unless they have read — and applied — the wisdom in this book.”

—Mark R. Leary, PhD

Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC

“Silvia demystifies the process of writing and deftly debunks common excuses academics make for not getting it done! The message is simple but powerful: When writing becomes a workday habit, you can write a lot and find more time for life outside of work.”

—Monica Biernat, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence

“In this second edition, Silvia helps readers solve the riddle of writing. By using a mixture of science, humor, and compassion, he shows how he has helped thousands of people become productive writers. If you want to stop worrying about writing, this book is required reading.”

—C. Nathan DeWall, PhD

Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington

“Wherever you are on the continuum from bright-eyed and bushy-tailed newbie to grizzly gray-haired veteran on the academic tour, you need to own this book. And don’t just own it; read it. Often. I recommend at least quarterly. You’ll nod. You’ll smile. You’ll fire your writing fervour if you follow Silvia’s suggestions. And most importantly, you’ll write a lot.”

—Lisa F. Smith, EdD

University of Otago, Otago, New Zealand

“This is a well written, funny, and utterly practical hands-on guide on how to not just write more but also write better, more efficiently, and know how to submit and revise articles. I can’t imagine a graduate student, young professional, or anyone who struggles with writer’s block not needing this book.”

—James C. Kaufman, PhD

Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs


Description:

All academics need to write, but many struggle to finish their dissertations, articles, books, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule. How can we write it all while still having a life?

In this second edition of his popular guidebook, Paul Silvia offers fresh advice to help you overcome barriers to writing and use your time more productively. After addressing some common excuses and bad habits, he provides practical strategies to motivate students, professors, researchers, and other academics to become better and more prolific writers. Silvia draws from his own experience in psychology to explain how to write, submit, and revise academic work, from journal articles to books, all without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. The tips and strategies in this second edition have been updated to apply to academic writing in most disciplines. Also new to this edition is a chapter on writing grant and fellowship proposals.


Contents:

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Specious Barriers to Writing a Lot

Chapter 3: The Care and Feeding of Writing Schedules

Chapter 4: Starting a Writing Group

Chapter 5: A Brief Foray Into Style

Chapter 6: Writing Journal Articles

Chapter 7: Writing Books

Chapter 8:  Writing Proposals for Grants and Fellowships

Chapter 9:  “The Good Things Still to Be Written”

References

Index

About the Author


About the Author:

Paul J. Silvia, PhD, is the Lucy Spinks Keker Excellence Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Kansas in 2001.

Among many other things, he studies the psychology of creativity and the arts, particularly how people come up with good ideas and why they find art interesting, appealing, and awe-inspiring.

He received the Berlyne Award, an early-career award given by the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, for his research on aesthetic emotions, and he later served as president of the Society.

His other books include Exploring the Psychology of Interest (2006); Public Speaking for Psychologists: A Lighthearted Guide to Research Presentations, Job Talks, and Other Opportunities to Embarrass Yourself (2010, with David B. Feldman); and Write It Up: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles (2015).

In his free time, Dr. Silvia restores vintage pocket watches, plays board and card games, and enjoys not writing.


Target Audience:

Useful for students, professors, researchers, and other academics to become better and more prolific writers.

 
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