Around the Web is back and, with a nod to one of the most writerly of anthropological writers, this week’s column is dedicated to putting pen to paper. To the links!
The writing process
- Lifehacker explains why you learn more effectively by writing longhand than typing.
- A neat little exercise to get your students to write a tight, concise precis.
- Directed writing can improve every student’s performance. Even in physics!
Words of affirmation
- A little coaching from the Chronicle’s Brainstorm blog lifted my spirits. It’s a quickly little ditty on what you really need to write. All the time I tell myself I need childcare to write or at least peace and quiet, but look I’m writing this while my third child lies next to me on the couch smashing her foot into my face, demanding “Can I ha’ more?”
- Got writer’s block? You’re closer to creativty than you think! Read: How to have ideas.
- Science-fiction blog io9 forsees a publishing world of 2021 where e-books have taken over and book retailers are doomed. I wonder where this will leave textbooks in ten years?
- More io9: How to publish your book on Amazon Kindle. Your work can be available for sale on Amazon in 24-48 hours. Why do we need academic presses again? Oh yeah, peer review.
- The blog Anthropologi considers the possibility of combining publishing formats: conventional book and web download.
Writing for a broad audience
- John Hawks on good science writing and the beneficial role it plays in the production of new knowledge.
- Ever want to start your own anthropology blog? Here are some tips.
- Alison Snow Jones who blogged as Maxine Udall, girl economist, recently passed away. Ethnografix has an appreciation that is, dare I say, right on the money.
Got some tips on why a raven is like a writing desk? Send ‘em to me at mdthomps AT odu.edu.