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Cross-Platform Applications for Daily Work

Multiple operating systems in actionSometimes our readers give us good ideas for posts. After my post about fully replacing ChromeOS with Linux, a reader asked what Linux software I use for academic purposes. I suggested Zotero for PDF management, and also pointed him to Steven Ovadia’s @steven_ovadia blog — which has an “academic” tag — for further ideas.

In case other readers are interested (or have recommendations of their own to share!), I thought it worth mentioning some other applications academics might find useful.

My firs…

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To Become a Writer, Track Your Writing

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The great secret about writing is that there isn’t any particular secret to it: You just have to show up and do it. Again, and again, and again. (There’s a reason there are books like Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day, but not any called Writing Your Dissertation in a Single Caffeine- and Adderall-Fueled Week.) If you make writing a habit, then that habitual work pays off in words. Sometimes it even leads to inspiration.

And it’s also not a secret that to form a habit, it help…

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Simple Journaling on Mac or iOS with Day One

An old, hand-written journalHere at ProfHacker, we frequently talk about how to get your writing done. After all, for many of us, writing is an important part of (keeping) our jobs. We’ve frequently discussed writing software like Scrivener or Google Docs; more recently Konrad covered Draft for collaborative writing and Adeline talked about using Gingko, which is a horizontal outline and writing tool. We’ve covered methods for getting your writing done, from Billie’s look at 750words.com and Erin’s personal Rule of 200 (wo…

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Sometimes It’s the Little Things

microphone pillowSome of the challenges we face in our daily work are major, requiring considerable effort to resolve — and we feel a justifiable sense of accomplishment when we meet those challenges successfully.

Sometimes, though, there’s something very small that might help us or someone else do something a little better. I recently had occasion to try out the dictation feature in OSX (and was pleased to learn that Windows also has this capability), and was impressed with how well it works.

Shortly thereafter…

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This month is #AcWriMo 2013

acwrimo1-01-300x114In 2011, Charlotte Frost of PHD2Published declared that November to be #AcBoWriMo (short for Academic Book Writing Month). And then, in 2012, Frost modified her declaration such that November became #AcWriMo (short for Academic Writing Month), which was be similar to #AcBoWriMo but with a “focus on ALL aspects of academic writing,” not just books.

Well, now that it’s November of 2013, Frost has announced that #AcWriMo is back. There are 6 basic rules:

  1. Decide on your goal.
  2. Declare it!
  3. Draft a st…
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What’s Your Writing Fee?

writing[This is a guest post by Lee Skallerup Bessette, who teaches in the English department at Morehead State University. Her blog is College Ready Writing, and you can follow her on Twitter at @readywriting. --@JBJ]

Recently Brian Croxall wrote a really helpful piece on setting your fee when you are invited to speak. The comments, too, were really helpful, and I was struck by this particular comment by Curt Rice where he states: “I think so much work done by academics is invisible and uncompensate…

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Write in a New Way with Gingko

gingko logo When I work with graduate or undergraduate students on their writing skills, I often ask them to tell me about their writing process, from the note-taking stage through pre-writing, writing, and final revision. I often ask whether they outline a paper before beginning to write, as that’s often a useful way to begin exploring how a particular writer thinks and organizes ideas. I don’t believe that all writers need to outline, nor that all outlines should be done in a certain way. Unfortunately, …

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Open Thread Wednesday: Role Playing and Writing

Role_playing_gamers_(III)One of the most frequent issues writing instructors encounter is student inability to distinguish between argument and opinion. Much of incoming undergraduate writing is riddled with unsupported generalizations, value judgments and lack of evidence. When tasked with responding to a text, many students often react instinctively with unexamined assumptions, finding it difficult to step outside of their preconceived notions.

I’ve been recently inspired by how role-playing writing exercises helps …

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What Would a Famous Writer Do?

typewriterThere is little doubt that large numbers of readers, who are often themselves also writers, are fascinated with the routines and rituals of famous writers and other artists. The Paris Review interviews are a long-running example of the Famous Writer Interview genre, which often include questions about a writer’s preferred work space, time of day, tools and methods, and other habits. The BBC has archived radio interviews covering similar territory and Maria Popova’s Brainpickings site often featu…

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Call for Open Peer Review: Web Writing

A sign that reads Four years ago, ProfHacker’s own Kathleen Fitzpatrick posted the text of her new book, Planned Obsolescence, online. This act kicked off a radical experiment on the part of Fitzpatrick and NYU Press, which had the book under contract, to engage in an open peer review of the text. Thanks to the CommentPress theme for WordPress, readers would be able to write in the Internet’s margins and add commentary and suggestions to individual paragraphs or chapters of Kathleen’s book. When Planned Obsolesce…