How to Use Storytelling in Your Academic Writing
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How to Use Storytelling in Your Academic Writing

Techniques for Engaging Readers and Successfully Navigating the Writing and Publishing Processes

Timothy G. Pollock

Good writing skills and habits are critical for scholarly success. Every article is a story, and employing the techniques of effective storytelling enhances scholars’ abilities to share their insights and ideas, increasing the impact of their research. This book draws on the tools and techniques of storytelling employed in fiction and non-fiction writing to help academic writers enhance the clarity, presentation, and flow of their scholarly work, and provides insights on navigating the writing, reviewing, and coauthoring processes.
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Chapter 10: The writing process

Timothy G. Pollock


In this chapter I focus on the writing process. I identify the core activities of writing (writing, reading, drawing, thinking, talking and working with data) and lay out the four stages of the writing process, as I see them, using the process of creating a painting as an analogy (preparing the ground, blocking in the scene, adding detail, refining and focusing, and finishing and framing). I then discuss some of the practicalities of enhancing your writing productivity, focusing on deep work and writing rituals and routines.

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