This is a blog where POWER Writing Consultants share reflections, resources, and practical ideas related to writing. We hope you find it inspiring and useful in your writing journey.

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June 14, 2013


Publishing Your Manuscript: What’s Taking So Long?

By Catherine A. Cherrstrom, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


Congratulations!  You completed the research, wrote your manuscript, hit the submit button, and then…


you wait,

                                    and wait,

                                                            and wait,

June 07, 2013


Writing Success 101: Accountability Breeds Responsibility

By Charles R. Rogers, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


Lucy Larcom, an American poet from the 1800s, once said, “If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” In the writing world, it is very easy to reach a similar cold state. Our cold world often stems from a number of roadblocks including writer’s block, not enough time, a heavy...

May 31, 2013


A Simple “Fix” for an Unproductive Season in Writing

By Priscila Caçola, Ph.D., P.O.W.E.R. Consultant Alumna

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, University of Texas at Arlington

I am a relatively successful academic writer. I am currently a second-year Assistant Professor in an intensive, high-research institution. I publish regularly and I have been led to believe that I am doing...

May 31, 2013


Dear Diary…..

By Michelle Johnson, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


When you think of journaling, do the words “Dear Diary” echo in your head and you have visions of small books with locks dancing in your head?  For me, journaling conjures an image of a young girl scribbling daily in a small pink book.  As I grew up, my little pink diary held all my secrets, wishes, and desires.  I guarded it very closely and...

May 24, 2013


“POWER” up the verbs!

By Tracey Hodges, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


Gerund. Modifier. Direct object. Prepositional phrase. Adverbial phrase. Every time I read a sentence, these words still circle around my mind. Not only can I identify what they are in the sentence, I can grammatically diagram nearly any sentence I come across. This (admittedly) interesting yet obnoxious skill is the fault of my ninth...

May 17, 2013


A Writing Challenge

By Patricia Goodson, Ph.D., P.O.W.E.R. Director

There’s something about watching other people push themselves to their limit. Watching the Olympics, for instance: as the hope of victory builds and athletes’ herculean efforts amaze, the promise of glory seduces, allures. We are motivated – we want to be like that, we want to do that! We, too, want to test our limits, push...

May 10, 2013


Social Writing Tips for Productivity

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

How can we be productive in writing? Should we close our doors to everyone we know and love in order to be “one” with our writing? Should we emerge from our writing caves with hunched backs and tired eyes only to share our writing with those willing to read it? Such misconceptions about being a productive writer remind me of voices from...

May 03, 2013


 My Experience with Writing:  Struggles, Victories, Lessons Learned

By Emily E. Schmitt, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” –Frederick Douglas


Many discussions with peers have lead me to believe this quote can sum up most of a graduate student’s writing life.  Struggles turn into lessons learned and lessons learned lead to major...

April 26, 2013


Dissertation, Inc.: Seeking Investors

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

Who are your investors? Stakeholders? Do you have any? Besides you, who has invested in your doctoral journey?


Looking back on my own journey, I see it became richer when I allowed others to invest in it. (Interestingly, their investment coincided with my acquisition of a solid writing habit and an...

April 12, 2013


Writing, Editing, and POWER Consulting as a Non-Native English Speaker 

By Wura Jacobs, P.O.W.E.R. Consultant


“Can I be an effective writer or author of the English language?” From discussing with friends and colleagues, I found that this is an issue that nags me and many other non-native English speaking students. As an International student and a POWER consultant, even with a science...