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    LYNN NYGAARD: My name is Lynn Nygaard.For the last 30 years, I've been workingwith academics in a lot of different fields,in a lot of different disciplines,working on getting an idea from their heads onto paperand to submitting.Right now, I'm based at the Peace Research Institute Oslo,where help writers in a lot of different ways.I help them with basic motivationby arranging retreats, intensive writing days, writing courses.

  • 00:32

    LYNN NYGAARD [continued]: I give them direct feedback on their work.And I also give them more general adviceon how to publish and how to think of themselves as writers.How is it you find your voice as a writer?There's several ways you can go about doing this.The first one is to realize that whenit comes to academic writing, there are a lot of conventions,

  • 00:55

    LYNN NYGAARD [continued]: but there are very few rules.A lot of people think that there's a lot of rulesand it's very, very stringent.But if you look around and pay attentionto all the academic writing that's out there,you'll see there are a lot of ways to do it.So you probably have a lot more flexibility than you realize.One thing to think about is your geolinguistic context.In an Anglo-Saxon style of writing,for example, the burden of clarity is on the writer.

  • 01:16

    LYNN NYGAARD [continued]: If you write something and it's unclear,it's your job to go back and fix it,so that the reader understands what you're trying to say.If you come from more a continental tradition,for example, it's much more accepted to have tensions,to have complex argumentation, and to have threadsthat don't necessarily get picked up,because this is meant to challenge the reader to get

  • 01:37

    LYNN NYGAARD [continued]: them to think about things.Another tradition, which you'll see in many places in the area,sort of discourages an individualistic styleof writing and tries to put forth an argumentation thatrepresents a school of thought.And this makes it very difficult sometimesto hear the individual writer's voice in that argumentation.Even within these different traditions,

  • 01:58

    LYNN NYGAARD [continued]: you'll find that there are some variations.For example, in the Anglo-Saxon style,there's quite a big difference between Americanand British style of writing.American's a little bit more informal,and some might say a little bit more bombastic.You say thing with a little bit more confidence.And, whereas the UK style is a little bit more cautiousand a little bit more formal.You'll also notice, within disciplines,

  • 02:19

    LYNN NYGAARD [continued]: there are different ways of writing.There are different ways of accepting,for example, how you talk about yourself and your own research.In some disciplines, it's perfectly acceptable to say,I. In other disciplines, it's not.In some disciplines, not only is it OK to say, I,but you need to step back and reflect very activelyon your own positionality in your research--and other disciplines and methods

  • 02:41

    LYNN NYGAARD [continued]: that would be completely unheard of to talk about yourself beingso involved in your own research.One thing you can do is simply to read a lot.By reading a lot, both within your disciplineand within your field of study, but also in other disciplineand other fields of study, you get a real senseof what is acceptable, what kind of conventions are out there.But not only that-- how much room for flexibility

  • 03:01

    LYNN NYGAARD [continued]: you actually have.And finally the most important thing you can dois simply write a lot.Rewrite and rewrite, and find your own voicein your own writing.

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Series Name: Academic Writing

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year: 2015

Video Type:Tutorial

Methods: Writing and disseminating research

Keywords: practices, strategies, and tools

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Lynn Nygaard explains different writing styles and how to find a voice as a writer.

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How to Find Your Voice as a Writer

Lynn Nygaard explains different writing styles and how to find a voice as a writer.

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