Archive for May, 2013

The Attention and Audience You Attract in an Academic Writing Job

An academic writing job involves writing, among others, the academic paper. You will write this addressed primarily to other researchers. It will be published only after your peers and academic referees in the discipline scrutinize it. Actually, this is just a step in the very big academic writing pyramid of writing forms. However, this is an essential step. In this step, your work will pass through the gatekeepers of quality, the academic referees. They will be the one who will accredit your writing paper.

The academic paper you write in your academic writing job will be given purely theoretical interest by other researchers. However, it will not lead to a professional paper. But then again, your work will send a message for policy-makers or practitioners. Thus, you will write a professional report of the research work for the policy-makers and practitioners. The professional report has distinguishing characteristics from that of an academic paper.

The professional report is your venue to write professional discourse in your academic writing job. In the discourse, your topic is the policy or practice in question. The question arising regarding how policy-makers or practitioners know about the existence of the research work is addressed by the news report you write about it. The news report is the peak of the academic and research writing pyramid. It is also addressed in the educational newspaper or email circular that will attract the attention to the professional report.

As the writer, you will facilitate the passage of the research work into the public domain. For the academic paper level, your work moves into the public domain as an article in a learned journal. To achieve this, your work will pass through academic referees for decision-making. This is where your work will be given peer scrutiny.


Social and Personal Time

Professionals working in freelance writing jobs are able to give time for personal and social activities. As a person earning a living, you need to give time to play, rest and recreational activities with friends and family. Also, you need to give time for yourself just relaxing and doing what you like. You can do all of these with flexibility and freedom as a writer on a freelance job.


If you work on freelance writing jobs, you manage your own time. You are not pressured to complete a day’s work even if its past the working hours. You can stop working when the planned time to do so arrives and be on time for a get together your friends have set with you. Anyway, you have already given a cushion time for delays and will resume your work on the next planned working day.


On the other hand, if you work as an employee in an office-based job, you need to finish the day’s work even after working hours. In instances like this, you will have to miss that precious times you should have shared with your family or friends. Long-term effects of this include, among others, burnout. You do not get to have breaks and you reach or, even, stretch your stress limits.


Having freelance writing jobs gives you more ability to manage work-life balance. Having enough and timely rest and recreation with friends and family and time for yourself is important for a working person like you. In the long run, developing and keeping a career is what having work-life balance will produce. You will be happier with your life and your work. Being so, you will stay in this career, love it more and advance in it. You have the freedom and flexibility to do all these.