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October 04, 2013


From Negative Self-talk to P.O.W.E.R Talk: Evidence from my Transition Stage

By Mina Beigi, Ph.D., P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


If there were a Nobel Prize for negative self-talk, I would be nominated for a lifetime devotion to it. No matter how well I perform a task, I hear a perfectionist voice criticizing me before I even taste the sweetness of accomplishment. When it comes to judging my own...

September 27, 2013


It is Never Perfect – The Art of Letting Go

By Carlos Pavao, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


Sometimes when we are immersed in crafting a paper or a poem we can become obsessed with our work, fearing the work will never be complete or that we will make a mistake. We muster our last energy to reword a phrase or take on the daunting task of reorganizing a paragraph. Sometimes we look over our work with a feeling of...

September 15, 2013


Feed Your Writing Soul 

By Margarita (Maggie) Huerta, Ph.D., P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


The first time I heard the phrase, feed your writing soul, I was steeped in reading statistics and very technical journal articles. So, you can imagine how “fluffy” the idea of “feeding my writing soul” sounded.


My mind raced to a scene from the Dead Poet’s Society, with Robin Williams jumping...

September 13, 2013


Know Yourself
As a Writer

By Tiberio Garza. P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


Let me ask you some questions. How much time do you spend writing each week? How well can you estimate the time you need to complete a particular writing task? Would you underestimate or overestimate your ability to complete a writing task by an hour, a day, a week, or even a month?


One of the most...

September 06, 2013


Confessions of a Binge Writer: How I Create a Quality Written Product

By Omah Williams, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


When deciding what I should write for this blog post, I immediately thought of a class project I completed about a year ago. I used a set of steps that helped me to create a quality written product for the class project. These steps are:


1.     Freely write and then...

August 02, 2013


Decoration for Inspiration

By Jennifer Travis, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant

Photographs and artwork credits belong to Jennifer Travis


Since my apartment is just a temporary home while I’m writing my dissertation, it seems silly to decorate it. But I do have stuff on four of the walls. Are they decorations? …Or something more?


July 26, 2013


A Gem for Coherent Writing

By Suzanna J. Ramos, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant

Photographs and artwork credits belong to Suzanna J. Ramos


Another lazy Saturday afternoon – the kind of day for beads and baubles to the rescue! I...

July 10, 2013


A Special Place for an Encouraging Word or Two

By Dominique T. Chlup, Ph.D., P.O.W.E.R. Associate Director

Photographs and artwork credits belong to Dominique T. Chlup



For years, I have been collecting quotes and...

July 05, 2013


The Fear of Feedback

By Leah Anderson, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


“No matter how productively you managed to get words down on paper or how carefully you have revised, no matter how shrewdly you figured your audience and purpose and suited your words to them, there comes the time when you need feedback” (Elbow, 1998, p. 237).


This is my confession. I have a fear of feedback. A...

June 28, 2013


Can Academic Writing be Stylish?

By Margarita Huerta, Ph.D., P.O.W.E.R Consultant


I don't think I ever hated to read until I entered academia. Academic journal articles practically killed my joy for reading, because, let’s be honest: academic writing can be one of the dullest forms of written material available. Dull, convoluted, unclearly written material…


But, in my 10+ years of reading academic...