Advice for Grad Students | Writing Tips

Writing takes up a lot of our time as graduate students, but it is not always easy. Luckily, the challenge of writing is universally shared by grad students and writers, some of whom have taken the time to share their tips for making it a bit easier.

  • Writing is a habit -- or it should be. Katie Shives gives you 7 Reasons to Write from the Start (GradHacker; and in the comments Rhiannon follows up with some anthro-specific advice).
  • Have you created a Dissertation/ Thesis/ Major Research Paper timeline? For tips on how to complete a "Dissertation Audit" and create a grounded timeline to completion, check out Kathryn Allan's How to Create a Dissertation Timeline
  • Ashley Sanders discusses how and why to organize Writing Boot Camps
  • If you are stuck writing or feel like you are writing too slowly, the the folks at Gradhacker and at the Academic Muse blog offer suggestions for working through your block.
  • If you are looking for inspiration, click through the short reflections on writing by anthropologists and sociologists collected by Durham University's Department of Anthropology in Writing on Writing. This ongoing project includes selections from anthropologists such as Marilyn StrathernTim Ingold and Anna Tsing.

Not all writing is of the same kind. Here is some varied advice for different types of writing:

In terms of sharing your insights, publication is an important outlet. Here are some tips on how to publish:

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Last updated: 11 October 2017