1 Starting thoughts When an essay assignment arrives, read the title slowly. Put it aside for an hour then read it again. Take 15 minutes to ask yourself: • Do I understand what’s being asked of me? You might need…
Ideas tend to come when we’re not racking our brains. They surprise us when the mind is relaxed and wandering over our material.
Keep a notebook with you at all times to jot down ideas for your next writing stint.
The particular rhythms of repetitive tasks and tedious domestic duties can give you valuable problem-solving space.
Deciding who is the protagonist helps you tell your story with greatest impact.
'Freewriting is a marvellous complement to academic writing.'
To keep your writing in shape, do some reading outside your subject area for inspiration.
To improve your productivity, simply put your phone away for a while.
Max Adams During workshops with undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students, I use images – anything from films to works of art – to help them to develop their sense of story and visualise its shape. In great art, as in…
Creativity is a core feature of writing in the sciences as well as the arts.