the writing mind

writing-success

A formula for writing success

Most writers are more comfortable with words than numbers, particularly when math is involved. We tend to remember English or…
publication practices

A guide for principled publishing

Nurse researchers receive much less funding from commercial companies than their physician colleagues, but those who do should be aware…

Age in publishing: What’s in a name?

Elderly, seniors, aged — what’s the right terminology to use when writing about, well, older people? It’s worth considering this…
create a writing habit

Cultivating the writing habit

New Year’s is a popular time for resolutions—a time to start anew. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about writing for publication…

From school to print

You revel in the “A” you received for your latest school paper. Is the next step to publish your article?…
predatory journals

New report on predatory journals

A new international report on predatory journals tells an alarming tale—the organizations behind these journals are becoming more sophisticated, making…
paragraphs

Powerful paragraphs

Proteins frequently are called the building blocks of life, and paragraphs the building blocks of an article. Thoughtfully crafted paragraphs…
creating-poster

Powerful posters

Posters are an excellent way to disseminate your work, including research studies and quality improvement and evidence-based practice projects. Presenting…
resolution

Resolve to write!

Make a ‘SMART’ New Year’s resolution. It’s time to ditch the traditional New Year’s resolutions. After all, how many times…

Sharing your story

“Once upon a time…” Those three simple words probably conjure childhood memories of listening to your parents tell a tale…
outline

The awesome outline

How can an outline be awesome? When it helps you write more efficiently and more effectively. Think of an outline…

The power of parallelism

Writers might not have superpowers like Superman, Wonder Woman, and others in the DC Universe, but we can use powers…
checklist

The value of checklists

Checklists have long been recognized as providing value to nurses and other clinicians engaging in patient care, with Atul Gawande…

We need young writers

April 10 is National Encourage a Young Writer Day. While it might not generate the excitement of National Chocolate Day…
author

Who is an author?

Determining who should be named as an author for an article isn’t as simple as it might seem, yet it’s…
author

Why author guidelines matter

When asked to list their biggest frustrations with authors, most editors would put “not following author guidelines” at or near…

Why the reference list matters

References are the lifeblood of an article. They support your message and enable readers to seek out additional information. But…

Writing challenge: Narrow the topic

One of the greatest challenges in writing is narrowing the topic. Beginning and experienced writers alike frequently want to tackle…
writing-resources

Writing resources

The fourth edition of Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses was released in January, and I’m thankful to the…

Yes, you can write

I often meet nurses who say they “wish” they could write, but know they “can’t.” I counter with “Yes, you…

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