Reversing defeatist habits through reframing writing as a gift: Opinion

October 13, 2021
Academics can reverse “defeatist” habits through imagining their writing as a gift they will give the world, writes Robin Bernstein. Bernstein argues that using this technique can reorient writers’ understanding of themselves, their readers, and their writing process. The author describes three benefits of reframing writing as a gift to the world: reframing emphasizes the value the author has to contribute to the field, highlights the humanity of the readers, and ensures that the writing is generous. It also provides a way to deal with rejection, as writing can be “repackaged” and “regifted” to someone else, and the original recipient can be gifted a different present. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial)