Nicole Janz

Journalist. Academic. Writer.

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Nicole Janz is a trained journalist and lecturer at the University of Nottingham. As an academic, she writes about human rights. On the side, she writes about habit formation, productivity, and writing in communities. Nicole writes fiction and works on several short stories and poems; she has started her first novel and a non-fiction book. She has published on the LSE Impact Blog, The Monkey Cage, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Brave Writer and The Writers Cooperative on Medium (https://medium.com/@janz-is-writing). Follow her on Twitter @polscireplicate and @camwritinghub.

Break Free From Self-Limiting Beliefs About Your Writing

"Your fear will always be triggered by your creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome, and fear hates uncertain outcome." - Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic When Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, started her career, she suffered from crippling fear.

Take Micro Goals to the Extreme to Avoid Writers' Block

DrRaul Pacheco-Vega is a professor, mentor, and outspoken writer who does not mind sharing when he's blocked. "I also get stuck. I want to write, but my brain doesn't want to push words out through my fingers," he writes on his blog. "When I set myself a hard target (e.g.

Why Virtual Writing Retreats Make You Happier and More Productive

During the early weeks of Covid-19 lockdown, I stopped writing. I was squashed on my table that was too narrow to lay out my notes, in a home office that was too small to think big. The minutes ticked by. I found myself staring at the blank page, paralysed for lack of words.

How to Create Your Happy Writing Plan for 2021

"Your identity comes from your goals. Being totally bought-in and clear about the end you have in mind instills a deep sense of purpose. You can imagine your future self in the position you want to be." - Dr Benjamin Hardy When graduate student Ben Hardy decided to become a writer, he didn't just plan ahead his next 12 months.

Impact of Social Sciences
From isolation to inspiration: The psychology of writing in communities

Writing in communities, in the form of writing groups and writing retreats, has become immensely popular in the last decade. Despite COVID-19 putting a halt on face-to-face meetings, the new online writing group boom has helped academics to stay productive.

Washington Post
Replication in political science graduate courses: an untapped resource?

Nicole Janz is a lecturer at the Social Science Research Methods Centre and a PhD candidate in Political Science at Cambridge University, Political Science Replication Blog |@PolSciReplicate. Seth Werfel is a PhD student in Political Science at Stanford University. Stephanie Wykstra (@Swykstr) is an independent researcher, and the recipient of a Sloan Foundation planning grant.

What Social Science Can Learn From the LaCour Scandal

A veritable firestorm hit political science this past week, with revelations that a promising young star, Michael J. LaCour, a doctoral student at the University of California at Los Angeles, apparently had falsified data. The data served as the basis for a recently published paper in Science.

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