Research shows that writing regularly means writing more and publishing more. At the same time, it seems that almost everyone struggles with finding time to write.
Let me reassure you that you are not alone in this struggle. This is hard. You write alone. The timeframe is long. It’s hard to set deadlines when you don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take to write this particular thing, or when you have to start writing just to figure out what exactly you are writing.
You need a writing practice.
Like a yoga practice, this is something you do regularly; a habit. What you do in the context of that practice may change over time. What you are capable of today may not be the same as what you were capable of last week or what you will be capable of next month. Writing, like yoga, does not respect linearity. Writing, like yoga, needs to start from an acknowledgement of what you are capable of today.
Building and sustaining a writing practice is difficult. You will find it helpful to have support. As with other details of your practice, the nature and extent of that support will vary. Ideally, you want support that helps you trust, builds your confidence, acknowledges that creative work is not always countable, and reinforces your permission to play.
Foundations of an Academic Writing Practice
Over the years that I have been hosting A Meeting With Your Writing, I have created stand-alone classes that help you develop and sustain a writing practice, as well as resources focused on specific things you need to do to get your writing published like dealing with criticism or selecting an appropriate journal.
The Academic Writing Studio is a membership website where you can have access to all of the the PDF and MP3 resources that I create when you need them. Peer support is available through forums. Members are at all stages of career from transitioning into the profession as PhD dissertation writers to transitioning out of the profession in retirement. You can use the forums for encouragement, commiseration, and to share strategies for dealing with the frustrations of the academic writing process. There is a built in cheering section when your work is published. And a Gremlin Cafe where you can leave the gremlins that are blocking your progress.
A Foundations membership is only $54CDN (+applicable taxes) per year.