Your Minimum Editing Route and How Fonts Can Help You Spot Typos

Proofing and editing is in my future still, nonetheless this is good advice to have to hand.

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Your Minimum Editing Route

I work with words all the time. I have to be careful not to gloss over my writing. If I do, I risk missing typos and worse.

Even with a clear focus, it’s bad enough. Your focus is on conveying meaning more than it is on uncovering typos.

But there’s hope. When you edit your work, go through several runs at the text. First, read for overall flow. Second, read for clarity. Third, read for typos. This should be your minimum editing route.

Editing for different reasons each time helps you to focus on the particular task at hand. These tasks require thinking processes that do not gel with each other. If you tackle them all at the same time, it’s like ineffective multitasking.

Read out loud and look at each word, no matter how trivial. When you read with purpose, you’ll trip over sentences that clearly need…

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thesis know how – beware the quote dump

Reblogging for myself and anyone else who is currently grappling with the balance of their own voices and the voice of the critic in their thesis. I’ve gotten some very good advice on this issue that I’ll be putting into practice today, but as always Patter hits the nail on the head with why we tend to rely on large quotations.

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I very often see first drafts of theses – and sometimes completed ones – which suffer from quote dumping. A quote dump is when the writer inserts a very large extract of someone else’s words into a text and then does nothing with it. The quote sits there, highly visible in its indented and italicised state, inert, unyielding, impenetrable.

The quote dump often occurs in literature chapters and/or when the thesis writer is discussing theoretical literatures. It’s sometimes used when people are explaining their methodology. It can happen when people genuinely attempt to engage with other people’s words and ideas and either challenge them, evaluate them or make them into foundations for their own research.

While quote dumping might have been the way to get good marks in essays in undergraduate and Masters work, it is a learned strategy that doesn’t fly so well in a doctoral thesis. Yes, the…

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Style, Form and Function – How Should My Thesis Look?

For any academic out there who somehow doesn't follow Pat Thomson's blog Patter, I highly recommend it. So far it has given me expert advice on writing, choosing an external examiner, working with supervisors, publishing, academic blogging, organisation, reading schedules...I could go on. Her most recent post - should I number my thesis? - brought up something... Continue Reading →

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Goal Setting: Count Down to T-Day

Or "Eeek it's February already!" My thesis submission date (or T-Day as it is marked on my calendar) is getting ever closer and I've now had feedback on almost all of the new writing I did during November and December. This can only mean that it's time to start a new round of goal setting... Continue Reading →

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Essential Writing Aids

Well, November has come and gone and I managed to reach my target of writing 20k words in a month. Then December happened and the inevitable Christmas/New Year productivity slump. I've been getting back into the swing of things this week and in honour of that, and in the spirit of looking forward into what... Continue Reading →

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CFP: 12th Global Monsters and the Monstrous

Mechanisms of Monstrosity Friday 25th July  – Sunday 27th July 2014 Mansfield College, Oxford This years Monsters and the Monstrous conference will focus on the mechanisms of monstrosity itself and the forms of othering and difference that cause a society, a culture and a historical moment to label someone or something as monstrous. As such, whilst iconic... Continue Reading →

Wanted: Research Groups/Centres

After my post on the Being Non/Human Discussion Group, I got thinking about all of the small but vital research groups that have been instrumental in my development through my PhD. Groups that have given me the opportunity to present my research in welcoming, yet critical environments. Research centres that have brought together . Individuals... Continue Reading →

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Update: NaThiWriMo Take 2

It's been a while since I posted a blog anywhere, but the silence on here has been deafening of late. Even the CFPs have dried up on here, mostly because I'm on a self-imposed conference paper ban and have therefore been avoiding checking CFPs so that I don't feel I'm missing out. (Edit: I've just... Continue Reading →

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Building a Reading Routine

I remember seeing somewhere that the idea proposed in the latter part the 20th century that reading as a skill was going into an irreversible decline hadn't reckoned on the invention of the smart phone. It is, they argued, more uncommon to see someone not reading as they walk down the street now that we... Continue Reading →

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