How to Use Storytelling in Your Academic Writing
Techniques for Engaging Readers and Successfully Navigating the Writing and Publishing ProcessesTimothy G. Pollock
Good writing skills and habits are critical for scholarly success. Every article is a story, and employing the techniques of effective storytelling enhances scholars' abilities to share their insights and ideas, increasing the impact of their research. I draw on the tools and techniques of storytelling employed in fiction and non-fiction writing to help academic writers enhance the clarity, presentation, and flow of their scholarly work.
In this book I describe the structure, techniques, and tools of storytelling, and show you how to apply them in writing the Introduction, Theory and Hypotheses, Methods and Results, and Discussion sections of an article. I also describe how these sections differ for qualitative and theory articles, and address how to manage the writing, coauthoring and review processes. In addition, I explain how to use storytelling when writing grant proposals, research statements and cover letters.
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Early acclaim for How to Use Storytelling in Academic Writing:
If you want your scholarly work to be read, admired, and remembered, you should dive into this book. Tim Pollock has done us an immense service. By integrating classical concepts from the narrative and dramatic arts, along with numerous juicy examples from the world of academic writing, Pollock provides us a fun, valuable story about storytelling.
– Donald C. Hambrick, Evan Pugh Professor and Smeal Chaired Professor of Management, The Pennsylvania State University
For researchers, finding the truth has always been a method taught to everyone, and reporting it has been an art known only by the few. Thanks to this book, research has now become more democratic, because the reader learns how to use storytelling tools methodically for reporting research.
– Henrich Greve, Rudolf and Valeria Maag Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD and former Editor, Administrative Science Quarterly
It won't matter how brilliant your ideas are if you can't explain them well in your writing. As one of the sharpest writers in the management field, Tim Pollock has produced a remarkably useful guide for academics to communicate more clearly.
– Adam Grant, Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management, University of Pennsylvania and New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and Originals
The most interesting ideas and the most diligent designs fall flat if we can't showcase them for the reader. Pollock shows us how-while also giving tips for making the process more efficient and enjoyable. This book is essential for any scholar and should be required reading when training doctoral students.
– Jason Colquitt, Franklin D. Schurz Professor, University of Notre Dame and former Editor, Academy of Management Journal
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