There’s some very bad writing advice out there. Most of it is well intentioned. Most doesn’t aim to make profit from anxious writers. But unfortunately readily available writing advice is not uniformly good.
Does this matter? Caveat emptor perhaps? Well, there’s a lot of research on writing, and on academic writing in particular. A lot. So every now and then I find myself wondering why people offering writing advice don’t consult the available evidence.
Academic writing is a multi-disciplinary research field. Let me give you a bit of a sketch – by no means complete, but enough to show…
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