Tools and inspiration to help

Some tools to get you started:

  • Turn off email and write. Copy and paste this auto reply:

I am currently away from email dedicating time to write for Surrey’s AcWriMo. Want to know more about AcWriMo? Click HERE.

See other writers for inspiration

Richard Herring – writes a little each day to overcome writer’s block. Click on his writing for his reasons


Stephen Pinker talks about good academic writing and what not to do!

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her creative genius and how it is not all the writer’s fault when things are tough.

Helen Sword talks about stylish academic writing and the many “C’s”.

Ten simple rules for writing science
Weinberger CJ, Evans JA, Allesina S (2015) Ten Simple (Empirical) Rules for Writing Science. PLoS Comput Biol 11(4): e1004205.

Read a post or two on the thesis whisperer.


To support the academic writing/research community, Emerald has pulled together some of our key writing resources, including links to some of our free writing guides and also some relevant articles, which we’ve made free for the whole of November.

We’ve also sourced some new content – a blog post from our Commissioning Editor in Education, and look out for a podcast episode with one of our publishers, Jen McCall. We’ll be promoting Academic Writing Month throughout November, so please look out for the hashtag.

Please visit the dedicated page here:


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