I am writing this part way through November. 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 those … [Read more...]
Developing a Practice
Your academic life is more than a string of articles published, classes taught, and meetings attended. My posts shift the focus from the products of your work to the PRACTICE of your work. You write because this is how you articulate and develop your ideas. You publish to communicate those ideas to others. Posts in this larger category help you develop the practices you need to do the work you love well without burning out. Sub-categories help you find specific advice for specific areas of your practice.
One of the elements of a good plan is boundaries. Boundaries enable you to juggle your various different responsibilities without having too many balls in the air at once. According to the OED the term boundary has the sense of both the thing which serves to mark the limits of something and the … [Read more...]
I've been reading Rowena Murray's Writing in Social Spaces, and it has helped me articulate something that underpins a lot of my work. Community is important to your ability to do this work. This got long, if what you really want are suggestions for creating writing community, jump here. When I … [Read more...]
A good plan can reduce the stress and overwhelm you experience trying to juggle all your different responsibilities. This is why I have developed planning classes for members of the Academic Writing Studio. In this rather long post, I set out the fundamental principles that guide my planning … [Read more...]
Writing is a core activity for academics. I advocate establishing a writing practice, and making writing a priority when you plan. Finding and protecting time for writing, especially during the parts of the year when you are teaching, is difficult. It may be helpful to consider the different kinds … [Read more...]