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Becoming the Writer You Already Are

Becoming the Writer You Already Are

October 2022 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Becoming the Writer You Already Are helps scholars uncover their unique writing process and design a writing practice that fits how they work. Author Michelle R. Boyd introduces the Writing Metaphor as a reflective tool that can help you understand and overcome your writing fears: going from “stuck” to “unstuck” by drawing on skills you already have at your fingertips. She also offers an experimental approach to trying out any new writing strategy, so you can easily fill out the parts of your writing process that need developing. The book includes a number of helpful features: Real Scholars’ Stories provide insights into overcoming writing barriers; Wise Words from other scholars capture the trials of writing as well as avenues through those trials; and finally Focus Points highlight important ideas, questions, or techniques to consider. The book is ideal for dissertation writing seminars, graduate students struggling with the transition from coursework to dissertation work, scholars who are supporting or participating in writing groups, and marginalized scholars whose write struggles have prompted them to internalize the bias that others have about their ability to do exemplary research.

1. Down But Not Out: What it Means to be Stuck
2. More Than You Think: How Head, Heart, and Hand Make Writing So Hard
3. Turning Toward Yourself: How Writing Process Can Help You Get Unstuck
4. Finding the Writer Inside: How to Get Unstuck and Start Writing Again
5. Growing from the Inside Out: Exploring and Expanding Your Writing Process
6. Thoughts on Building a Writing Life

This is a book on the academic writing process that helps to demystify that process and provides concrete strategies for dealing with
the emotional side as well as the practical side of writing.

Kevin P. Lyness
Antioch University New England

This book is an attempt to acknowledge the struggles of academic writing and propel confidence through the development of sound habits. It offers a friendly and intimate companion to the varying emotional and circumstantial challenges inherent in the writing process, and provides a specific process by which to develop more competence and confidence as a writer.

Raymond Blanton
University of the Incarnate Word

A helpful guide to brainstorming and conquering the blank writing screen. I love the examples and the conversational writing style.

Robert Dennis Watkins
Idaho State University

If you are struggling with academic writing, you've already read the other books, and you still can't figure out how to "fix" your problem,
this book may help you understand.

Christine Colwell
Shenandoah University

I recommend this book to doctoral students and colleagues who are dedicated to writing and scholarship as an addition to their reading on the craft of writing for publication, and as an extension of their efforts to constantly enhance their research and writing productivity.

Marilyn L. Grady
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This book helps the reader understand that writer’s block happens to all of us, and that it is not something to pathologize or internalize in a negative sense. It moves the reader to an appreciation of their vulnerabilities, but also understanding that those personality quirks can be transformed into a strength when faced head on.

Barbara L. Pazey
University of North Texas
Key features

The book includes a number of helpful features:

    Real Scholars’ Stories provide insights into overcoming writing barriers.
    Wise Words from other texts on writing capture trials of writing as well as avenues through those trials.
    Focus Points highlight important ideas, questions, or techniques to consider.

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ISBN: 9781483374147