This is a question that comes up a lot in advice about academic writing, or any kind of writing really. And it came up during the December 2018 Planning Your Winter Semester class in the Academic Writing Studio. A lot of people encourage you to write every day. You may think that because I have … [Read more...] about Write every day?
I am writing this part way through November 2017. A few years ago Charlotte Frost and her team at PhDtoPublished got the bright idea to make an academic version of #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and call it #AcWriMo. PhDtoPublished is geared to early career researchers and particularly … [Read more...] about Making writing challenges like #AcWriMo work for you
Although significant parts of your work during the main part of the academic year are scheduled weekly or relate to things scheduled weekly, your workload is not as consistent as your teaching schedule might suggest. There are periods of more intense activity at the beginning of term, and when … [Read more...] about Maintaining your writing practice when things get busy
Writing is central to your scholarly work and identity. And yet, you struggle to find time and motivation to do it. I argue that it is more effective to focus on the process of writing as a whole and establish an effective writing practice that enables you to pursue your curiosity, create knowledge, … [Read more...] about You need a writing practice
I don't know about you, but when I was growing up my mother was big on finishing one project before starting another. In my life, I've found that this kind of advice isn't very helpful. What tends to happen when I get stuck and try to "not give up", "push through", "drive on", or whatever, is … [Read more...] about One thing at a time?