#AskDrEditor: How to write clear objectives for your research grant proposal

My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is available through UniversityAffairs.ca. This Ask Dr. Editor piece covers four essential characeristics of clear and effective research objectives for grant proposals: “How to write clear objectives for your research grant proposal: They are the bricks that you’re laying on the path towards your goal.” Have a question you want meContinue reading “#AskDrEditor: How to write clear objectives for your research grant proposal”

What is Writing Well is Hard?

writingwellishard.com is a free digital tool that helps academic writers to identify the patterns in their own writing, and to compare their work to a sample of their choice. I made writingwellishard.com because I’m not persuaded there’s only one way to write well, and I don’t like that the norms of “good” writing are tooContinue reading “What is Writing Well is Hard?”

#AskDrEditor: Zombie-proof your writing: Tips for making the conceptual concrete

My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is available through UniversityAffairs.ca. This Ask Dr. Editor piece discusses how alternating between abstract language and concrete details can help you explain complex concepts: “Zombie-proof your writing: Tips for making the conceptual concrete.” Have a question you want me to answer? Contact me or ask me on Twitter at @shortishard.

#AskDrEditor: How to review a book you don’t like without destroying your professional relationships

My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is available through UniversityAffairs.ca. This Ask Dr. Editor piece discusses how to review your acquaintances’ books in a critical, honest, yet diplomatic way: “How to review a book you don’t like without destroying your professional relationships” Have a question you want me to answer? Contact me or ask me on Twitter at @shortishard.

#AskDrEditor: How to write an effective title for your next journal article

My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is available through UniversityAffairs.ca. This Ask Dr. Editor piece discusses what makes a compelling title, from the perspective of both the research literature and human readers: “How to write an effective title for your next journal article” Have a question you want me to answer? Contact me or ask me on Twitter at @shortishard.