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Our featured item is 'Inspirational Writing for Academic Publication' by Gillie Bolton and Stephen Rowland, to find out more, read on ...


Featured book Inspirational Writing for Academic Publication Gillie Bolton and Stephen Rowland Sage ISBN: 9781446282371

At first glance, this book’s title might be a little off-putting. How many of us genuinely harbour ambitions to write an article for a journal, let alone taking a much bigger leap by producing a book? Well, perhaps some of us do think about getting our name in print in an odd idle moment but then quickly extinguish the thought in the face of apparently relentless work pressures and the need to keep our everyday lives afloat.
Any one of us could come up with countless reasons for not putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard. All of us, to a greater or lesser extent, tend to procrastinate, and can find better things to do than sitting down and writing (even doing the ironing or washing up can seem a more attractive option at times, I’ve found).
Then there’s that devilish little voice telling us we aren’t clever enough and that no one could possibly find our words even remotely interesting. The vastly-experienced authors, who are on a mission to turn readers into writers, have devised some excellent ways to meet these demons head on. In a section near the beginning of the book, they stress that ‘we only learn to write by writing.’ One way to break the ice, they suggest, is to set an alarm to go off in 10 minutes and start writing quickly. Set yourself a series of questions, such as: Who am I? What am I? How is much research and writing developing? When can I write, and when do I need to publish? 
The key word in the title – and what sets it apart from its rivals  – is the word ‘inspirational’. This is not another dry textbook, setting out how to produce a PhD thesis and avoid the perils of plagiarism, shoddy references or grammatical errors. As the authors note, there are plenty of books addressing those needs on the market already. 
  • Ian A McMillan, deputy editor, Frontline 

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