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: Writing
It isn't enough to think good thoughts. And getting them down on paper is harder than it sounds. You need a regular writing practice. These posts help you figure that out.
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...]
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...]