Write More, Publish More, Stress Less!
Five Key Principles for a Creative and Sustainable Scholarly Practice

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Published: November 2018  

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Published: November 2018  

E-Book: 978 1 62036 519 9 / $23.99
Published: November 2018  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
300 pp., 7" x 10"
35 tables, 50 figs
In this book Dr. Dannelle D. Stevens offers five key principles that will bolster your knowledge of academic writing, enable you to develop a manageable, sustainable, and even enjoyable writing practice, and, in the process, effectively increase your publication output and promote your academic career.

A successful and productive book and journal article author, writing coach, creator of a nationally-recognized, cross-disciplinary faculty writing program, and with a long career as a faculty member and experience as a department chair, Dr. Stevens offers a unique combination of motivation, reflective practices, analytical tools, templates, and advice to set you on the path to being a productive and creative writer.

Drawing on her experience as a writer and on her extensive research into the psychology of writing and the craft of scholarly writing, Dr. Stevens starts from the premise that most faculty have never been taught to write and that writers, both experienced and novice, frequently experience anxiety and self-doubt that erode confidence. She begins by guiding readers to understand themselves as writers and discover what has impeded or stimulated them in the past to establish positive new attitudes and sustainable habits.

Dr. Stevens provides strategies for setting doable goals, organizing a more productive writing life, and demonstrates the benefits of writing groups, including offering a variety of ways in which you can experiment with collaborative practice. In addition, she offers a series of reflections, exercises, and activities to spark your writing fluency and creativity.

Whether developing journal articles, book chapters, book proposals, book reviews, or conference proposals, this book will help you demystify the hidden structures and common patterns in academic writing and help you match your manuscript to the language, structures, and conventions of your discipline--be it in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities.

Most importantly, believing that connecting your passions with your work is essential to stimulating your ideas and enthusiasm, this essential guide offers you the knowledge and skills to write more.

Table of Contents:
Boxes, Exercises, Sidebars, Figures, and Tables
Foreword—Stephen Brookfield

1) Know Yourself as a Writer
2) Understanding the Genre of Academic Writing
3) Be Strategic to Build a Sustainable Writing Practice
4) Be Social
5) Explore Creative Elements in Academic Writing
6) Keep a Writing or Research Journal
7) Write Book Reviews
8) Prepare Conference Proposals and Presentations
9) Writing and Submit Journal Articles
10) Write a Book
11) Handling a Revise-and Resubmit Decision on Your Manuscript—Micki M. Casky, Dannelle D. Stevens
12) Create a Campus-Wide Faculty Writing Program—Dannelle D. Stevens

Appendix A Text-Structure Analysis (TSA): Journal Article
Appendix B Description and Purpose of Common Text Features for Journal Articles in a Text Structure Analysis
Appendix C Methods Structure Analysis
Appendix D Functionalities of Zotero, A Citation Management System
Appendix E Word Count Log
Appendix F Writing Time Log
Appendix G Daily Writing Goals Log
Appendix H Writing Group Weekly Goals Log

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Most researchers will tell you that they chose their career to do research, not to write about it and writing makes them feel uncomfortable. Danelle Stevens expertly emphasizes the development of positive attitudes that defuse that discomfort. So, this book can benefit all young researchers as part of their apprenticeship and those many, established researchers who still feel uncomfortable when they face the inevitable task of having to tell the world what they have discovered."
- David Lindsay, author of Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words
“Dannelle Stevens has spent her career studying academic writing. In this helpful book, she shares five key principles and scores of practical strategies to guide your writing. Everyone from new graduate students to experienced professors will find valuable insights and inspiration in this book. I plan to keep a copy near my desk as I strive to write more and stress less.”
- Peter Felten, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Professor of History , Elon University