Write to the Top!: How to Be a Prolific Academic! Paperback – 15 May 2007
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About the Author
W. BRAD JOHNSON is Associate Professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law, United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University, USA. His most recent books include: Becoming a Leader the Annapolis Way and The Elements of Mentoring (Palgrave, 2004).
CAROL A. MULLEN is Associate Professor of leadership studies in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of South Florida, USA. She has published ten other books, most recently Formal Mentoring Programs in Higher Education, Curriculum Leadership Development, A Graduate Student Guide, and The Mentorship Primer.
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It is somewhat less hands-on than some other books about academic writing, but it is still an inspiring, informed and informative read.
1. First, Establish a Well-Honed Writing Habit, 1
2. Become Dogmatically Disciplined and Set Firm Boundaries, 23
3. Cater to Your Writing Rhythms, 47
4. Develop the Attitudes and Perspectives of a Prolific Writer, 59
5. Know When to Collaborate and When to Cut Losses, 79
6. Practice Systematic Writing from Start to Finish, 95
7. Revise, Edit, and Revise Some More, 123
8. Seek Mentors, Mentoring Networks, and Writing Coaches, 133
9. Tackle Thoughts and Emotions that Block Productivity, 145
10. Master the Mechanics of Publication: What Publishers Want You to Know, 159
11. Drink Deeply from the Cup of Life, 177
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* Eat your meals in front of your computer rather than at the dining table.
* Take short rather than long visits to family unless you can take your work with you.
Statements along the lines of sometimes you need to take a day off in the week, or even, god forbid, a 1 week vacation, phrased as is this is a sign of weakness, are not at all helpful.
I give the book 2 stars rather than 1 as it does include some helpful advice (e.g. block out dedicated time for writing).
I have many friends and colleagues who are prolific academics and maintain a good work-life balance. That is not what this book advocates.
I also strongly suggest that all chairpersons and Deans should read this book also. The book tells how to nuture the new scholars in order that they actually achieve success in academics. I hope to create a study group around this extrodinary book in order that that all of young faculty members can achieve success both professionally and personally.
William Bailey, University of Arkansas
Obviously, it's not that simple. Robert Boice spent decades looking at which attributes makes faculty productive and he found that while writing regularly is obviously critical, the reasons why many academics do not write regularly are not so simple as not being suited for academia or not really "wanting" badly enough to be an academic. Academics make themselves impatient and hold themselves up to perfectionist ideals and rush rush rush, and books like this one that try to psych up the reader only encourage that rushing and perfectionism and pushing.
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