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  • Productive writing - becoming a prolific writer
  • Badenhorst C
  • ISBN: 9780627027864
  • eISBN: 9780627028946
  • ePub ISBN: N/A
  • 222 Pages | Published: 2010

A productive writer writes regularly, produces goal-directed written work and enjoys the process. Productive writing addresses the problem of why some people publish with ease and others struggle, and seeks to take the non-productive writer and turn him or her into a prolific one.

Important themes in the book are dealing with writer?s block, procrastination and making time to write. An array of explanations, research and activities is presented to encourage exploring, thinking, speculating, testing, documenting, questioning and developing authority. Crafting the document itself is just one part of the writing spectrum.

The increasing focus on research and publishing at universities and universities of technology makes this book an important contribution to the available literature on research. Addressing throughput for postgraduate students and output for academic staff, the book is aimed at both these categories.

Productive writing complements two earlier research books by Cecile Badenhorst, Research writing and Dissertation writing, and focuses on important aspects of research that are not covered in those books.

Cecile Badenhorst is a research fellow at the School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. For many years she ran the PhD programme and taught courses such as Qualitative Research Methodology and Research Report Writing. She holds a PhD in Geography from Queen?s University, Kingston, Ontario; a Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Education from Wits; and a Certificate in Qualitative Research from the University of Georgia, United States. She has published articles in peer-reviewed accredited journals, as well as works of fiction and various non-fiction publications for children.


1 Why read this book?

2 Dreamers dreaming: my story

3 Castles-in-the-air: a dream metaphor

4 Thinking in colour

5 Publish or perish: academics writing

6 Fear and fantasy: students writing

7 What productive writers do tacitly

8 Beliefs about writing

9 Stock footage: the writing process

10 The shadow world of peer review

11 Fast forward: changing time

12 Why is writing so difficult?


13 Trapped in the dark: writer's block

14 Blurred shapes: thinking, acting, feeling

15 Thinking and writing

16 Writing and emotions

17 Actions and writing

18 Paralysed: procrastination

19 Paralysed and screaming: academics and procrastination

20 The vertigo effect

21 The procrastinator returns

22 What type of procrastinator are you?

23 The scorpion's tail: disabling ourselves

24 Pointing fingers: criticism

25 The monster in the mirror: internal criticism

26 Watching the critic

27 Threatening mists - self-deception


28 Meta-cognition

29 Lucid dreaming: what makes us work at writing?

30 Because I want to: motivation

31 Locked down: self-control

32 Self-regulation and writing

33 Falling: when self-regulation lapses

34 The writing machine: developing self-regulation

35 Deep focus: believing in yourself

36 Self-belief and writing

37 A writing story

38 Discovering new rooms

39 Seeing the monster: overcoming the urge to delay

40 The open gate: handling criticism

41 Close-up: working with referees? reports

42 Voices from the periphery

43 Collaboration

44 Dreaming big: book writing


45 Patting the wolf: lack of time

46 The value of time

47 Time to write

48 Spirals and cycles: writing careers

49 Catching the runaway train: setting goals

50 Smoke and mirrors: reflection

51 Wild dreaming: the writer's

52 Walking on air: thinking

53 Calypso moods: feeling

54 Animated writing: actions

55 An unfixed destiny: possibilities

56 Walking the high road: academic thinking

57 The dreamer or the dreamed: identity

58 Writing in the flow

59 The waking dream: a meaning-filled life

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