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Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

This part provides solutions to common problems of essay writing that are easy to put into practice. Tips for deciding which essay question to choose include reminding students to think about displaying their own skills and understanding to best advantage. Dealing with difficulties in deciding what to read includes advice on thinking about the overall timetable as well as reasons for distinguishing between genres (e.g. journalism, textbooks, academic journal articles). The problem of writers’ block is cut down to size with simple, tried and tested tricks for side-stepping it. Advice on whether or not to use rhetorical questions (on the whole, not) and practical suggestions for writing to the required length (including cutting an essay to the required length) end the 5 succinct chapters in this part.

in The craft of writing in sociology
Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

This part provides solutions to common problems of essay writing that are easy to put into practice. Tips for deciding which essay question to choose include reminding students to think about displaying their own skills and understanding to best advantage. Dealing with difficulties in deciding what to read includes advice on thinking about the overall timetable as well as reasons for distinguishing between genres (e.g. journalism, textbooks, academic journal articles). The problem of writers’ block is cut down to size with simple, tried and tested tricks for side-stepping it. Advice on whether or not to use rhetorical questions (on the whole, not) and practical suggestions for writing to the required length (including cutting an essay to the required length) end the 5 succinct chapters in this part.

in The craft of writing in sociology
Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

This part provides solutions to common problems of essay writing that are easy to put into practice. Tips for deciding which essay question to choose include reminding students to think about displaying their own skills and understanding to best advantage. Dealing with difficulties in deciding what to read includes advice on thinking about the overall timetable as well as reasons for distinguishing between genres (e.g. journalism, textbooks, academic journal articles). The problem of writers’ block is cut down to size with simple, tried and tested tricks for side-stepping it. Advice on whether or not to use rhetorical questions (on the whole, not) and practical suggestions for writing to the required length (including cutting an essay to the required length) end the 5 succinct chapters in this part.

in The craft of writing in sociology
Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

This part provides solutions to common problems of essay writing that are easy to put into practice. Tips for deciding which essay question to choose include reminding students to think about displaying their own skills and understanding to best advantage. Dealing with difficulties in deciding what to read includes advice on thinking about the overall timetable as well as reasons for distinguishing between genres (e.g. journalism, textbooks, academic journal articles). The problem of writers’ block is cut down to size with simple, tried and tested tricks for side-stepping it. Advice on whether or not to use rhetorical questions (on the whole, not) and practical suggestions for writing to the required length (including cutting an essay to the required length) end the 5 succinct chapters in this part.

in The craft of writing in sociology
Should I use them?
Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

This part provides solutions to common problems of essay writing that are easy to put into practice. Tips for deciding which essay question to choose include reminding students to think about displaying their own skills and understanding to best advantage. Dealing with difficulties in deciding what to read includes advice on thinking about the overall timetable as well as reasons for distinguishing between genres (e.g. journalism, textbooks, academic journal articles). The problem of writers’ block is cut down to size with simple, tried and tested tricks for side-stepping it. Advice on whether or not to use rhetorical questions (on the whole, not) and practical suggestions for writing to the required length (including cutting an essay to the required length) end the 5 succinct chapters in this part.

in The craft of writing in sociology
Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

This part provides solutions to common problems of essay writing that are easy to put into practice. Tips for deciding which essay question to choose include reminding students to think about displaying their own skills and understanding to best advantage. Dealing with difficulties in deciding what to read includes advice on thinking about the overall timetable as well as reasons for distinguishing between genres (e.g. journalism, textbooks, academic journal articles). The problem of writers’ block is cut down to size with simple, tried and tested tricks for side-stepping it. Advice on whether or not to use rhetorical questions (on the whole, not) and practical suggestions for writing to the required length (including cutting an essay to the required length) end the 5 succinct chapters in this part.

in The craft of writing in sociology
Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

? Incidentally, if you are tackling a topic which is also of interest among one or another group, or indeed of current public concern, there is likely to be newspaper coverage as well as other literature on it, reports from think tanks, NGOs and pressure groups and much more. In such circumstances it is even more important than ever to ask yourself all the questions discussed in Chapter 1 on reading critically, to help you identify the genre of whatever you are looking at to distinguish it from academic literature. This is part and parcel of sorting out for yourself the kind

in The craft of writing in sociology
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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

their study of one hundred academic blogs, Mewburn and Thomson ( 2013 ) identified various writing genres, including: reportage (reporting new information from conferences), journalistic (synthesising multiple sources), essays (informal and formal), pedagogic, confidential (using a personal tone) and satirical. Although journalistic blogs appear in the list, it is worth remembering that bloggers are not journalists (although many journalists also blog). This means that bloggers, while they may subscribe to many journalistic principles and seek to write sparkling and

in Creative research communication
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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

media-production standards (e.g. steady shots, good-quality audio and visual imagery), and Haran brings these qualities to the PTOV project. However, when it comes to content, there is considerable flexibility and potential for innovation in the way you tell a story in a video intended for online consumption. Kim ( 2012 ) suggests that YouTube video content, while influenced by the mainstream media genre, tends to be short, humorous and accessible – characteristics not always associated with mainstream broadcast programming. This suggests that people may be looking

in Creative research communication
Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

consists of eight sentences. Though far longer, the second paragraph, from Loon Lake , consists of only five. A novel is self-evidently a different genre of writing with very different purposes from those of academic work. But quoting these two paragraphs by the same author, one so much longer than the other, is to provide a speedy way of pointing out the effects on a reader that extremely long or particularly short sentences can have by way of helping you switch to thinking about writing from a grammatical point of view. Look back at the quotations to see how

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