As I was updating the script for the Planning Your Summer class, I felt a bit weird about the Juggling section. I mostly ignored it at the time because I couldn’t quite put my finger on the problem. The juggling metaphor has been central to how I developed all the planning classes and it seemed … [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.
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...]
Sometimes you sit down and try to write and you just can’t. Resistance may show up as procrastination, or writer’s block, or gremlins shouting louder than usual about how you are not qualified to do this, or something else. The root of your resistance may be emotional, or you may just be really … [Read more...]
No matter how good you get at scheduling regular writing, sometimes you just stop. Maybe you just miss a week. Maybe you miss several weeks. It happens. There are lots of different specific reasons but it happens to everyone sometimes. Do not make things worse by berating yourself for having … [Read more...]
In any given session of A Meeting With Your Writing it is not uncommon for someone to be coming back to a project they haven’t looked at in a while. Summer and sabbatical are also times when you might revisit abandoned projects with a view to getting some of them finished. Banish any gremlins who … [Read more...]