Author of the new book:
Gorard, S. (2013) Research Design: Creating robust approaches for the social sciences, London:Sage - ISBN 978-1446249024
I am a left-hander and just old enough to have been forced to write with a fountain pen and ink. This meant that I developed a strange method of writing to avoid smudging, and was unable to write for more than a few minutes at a time. I say this because I wonder if this led to author frustration. I tried to write as a teenager and still have a folder of several 'half a page of scribbled lines'. Some still seem quite good - although I was mostly writing what I can only describe as philosophical comedy! I tried to use a typewriter and was hopelessly slow. The first true word-processor therefore seemed to unleash something in me. In just over 15 years now I have written 20 or more books, and nearly 1,000 other chapters and articles. The ideas and data keep coming, and time is the only limitation. Would I have written more or less if I could have used a biro at school?