Why Scholars Should Never Write Alone

For most of my years as a graduate student, I clung to the image of the solitary scholar. You know the one--huddled over her laptop in a drafty library with a cup of coffee at the ready. While I'm not promising that reading this post will mean the end of lonely nights or early mornings …

How to Overcome Academic Writer’s Block: Writing a “Zero” Draft

It's 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning--your designated time for academic writing. You've just gotten back from class and your newly refilled cup of coffee is sitting next to the keyboard. The sun is streaming in your small window, and the smell of a spring rain is wafting in. You've closed your office door to indicate …

Clarity in Academic Writing

Welcome to the inaugural blog post for MargaretEdits. I thought it made sense to start off with an issue that I find absolutely critical in good writing yet doesn’t receive a whole lot of attention: clarity. Let’s face it, what is the point of writing if your readers are going to struggle to understand what …