This post complements others about establishing a writing practice. I've been using my yoga practice as an analogy. One of the key questions I asked myself when establishing a home yoga practice was "How do I make this easy?". Some of the elements of my answer: The smallest possible amount … [Read more...] about How to make it easy for YOU
When I say “You can write during term time”, I don’t mean you can write for an hour or more a day. A privileged few have the teaching and service load that makes that possible. Most people would find that a challenge. Similarly blocking off a whole day every week for research/writing is challenging … [Read more...] about How much writing can you do in term time?
An article in Inside Higher Ed about saying "no" and a question on a forum I participate in combined to make me aware of a strategy that might be helpful when faced with a difficult decision. What if the default was "No"? In the article, Kerry Ann Rocquemore notices that her default response to a … [Read more...] about Opposite day as a decision making strategy
Have you ever felt like this? The replies to this tweet suggest that Charlotte is not alone. Sometimes the thing that's distracting you from your writing project is another writing project. It's like a toddler poking you while you make dinner. And it makes it really hard to focus. For this … [Read more...] about When another project is distracting you from this one
A few conversations I've had recently, with clients and on Twitter, have reminded me that we have some interesting ideas about "efficiency". It's as if you have a gremlin observing your writing practice like a Taylorite time and motion consultant. Maybe you feel more comfortable printing … [Read more...] about What is an “efficient” writing practice?