How We Write: Understanding Scholarly Writing through Metaphor
journal contributionposted on 2013-12-12, 00:00 authored by Michelle Boyd
This article introduces the writing metaphor and examines why political scientists should consider developing one to describe their own writing process. Drawing on the author’s experience with writing accountability groups, it defines the components of the writing metaphor, provides an example, and discusses its advantages and disadvantages. The article argues that the writing metaphor can clarify scholars’ implicit assumptions about the act of writing and the writing product and reveal unexpected information about their work habits and thinking process. By doing so, the writing metaphor can increase scholars’ productivity and may ultimately enhance their writing experience.