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The hard write

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Advice on academic writing in times of turmoil

Let’s just be honest: it’s been hard to get much writing done this past year. Whether you’ve been home-schooling, helping elderly and vulnerable relatives and friends or just reading the news, you may have had less free time than usual and almost certainly less of a free mind. In addition, the demands of online teaching and the closure of libraries and labs have taken a toll on everyone’s research productivity.

But even when things get back to normal—whatever our new normal turns out to be—there will still be challenges to getting writing done. Academic workloads aren’t getting any lighter, and personal circumstances will still require your attention. How do you keep getting words on the page when things are difficult? Or even start writing at all?

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