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"Writing With Soul" - on academic writing

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

    I came across this on Twitter a while back (possibly via this Tweet from a doctor: https://twitter.com/trishgreenhalgh/status/337861043793563648 ).

    Anyway, people who write may find it of interest.

    I think the comments are well-worth reading if one reads the piece as they trash out the issues a bit more: I'm inclined to agree with those who say it's easier said than done to write with soul in technical situations. Also, one is dealing with lots of other issues with writing in peer-reviewed publications e.g. peer reviewers have to be happy, word counts, etc.

    She concludes:

    This chimes with what an English teacher told us: he encouraged us to show vulnerabilities when writing compositions.
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  2. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

    Try to be as honest as possible. Always worth remembering.

    It is odd that what has become seen as the style of academia seems to make real honesty so difficult.
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  3. Purple

    Purple Bundle of purpliness

    Writing semi-popular articles/books (not sure what the correct term would be here) about e.g. science or other academic pursuits - aimed at interested lay public - would be a good target group for writing with soul.
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