1. To see how to write ergonomically, click here.
2. For a distraction-free online writing site, see ZenWriter.
4. Or, if you’re really desperate, use Write or Die: http://writeordie.com/.
5. For composing long texts, consider downloading Scrivener.
6. For general guidance, see the Poynter Institute’s list of 50 tips: http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/newsgathering-storytelling/writing-tools/76067/fifty-writing-tools-quick-list/. Also learn from the advice from some Egyptian novelists, much of which is transferable to academic writing: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/8-egyptian-novelists-share-their-%E2%80%98rules%E2%80%99-writing.
7. For guidance on academic writing, see the following dedicated sites:
a) Write Your Research: http://writeyourresearch.wordpress.com;
b) Explorations of Style: http://explorationsofstyle.wordpress.com/;
and the following resource on applying for fellowships: http://scriffon.com/Monographer/Applying_for_fellowships.
8. The Society for Editors and Proofreaders’ website gives plenty of practical advice about editing and about using professionals (especially in the ’collective wisdom’ section): http://www.sfep.org.uk/.
10. For a revolutionary piece of writing technology – one that I find really helps my own writing to flow – see here.
This piece was written for participants on the University of Cambridge’s Writing Skills Summer School. I hope it proves helpful for other users too.