In Focus: 3 elements to consider, I outlined three elements that affect your focus during a writing session: the task itself, how you are feeling, and the context. This article is updated from one published 21 April 2014 to connect it more clearly to that framework. I use the term “optimize” … [Read more...]
Posts originally written to promote A Meeting With Your Writing. These address various issues that help you take the stress out of writing and get more writing done.
A Meeting With Your Writing is a virtual writing group. It runs in 12-week sessions. Registration opens about a month before a session starts and remains open until about 3 weeks into the session.
If you are interested and registration is not currently open, you can subscribe to my advance notice list. You'll get an email when the next session is open for registration.
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...]
I don't know about you, but when I was growing up my mother was big on finishing one project before starting another. In my life, I've found that this kind of advice isn't very helpful. What tends to happen when I get stuck and try to "not give up", "push through", "drive on", or whatever, is … [Read more...]
A long term participant in A Meeting With Your Writing recently mentioned that it has been 4 years. Wow, where does the time go? I remember when I came up with this idea. I wondered what I would do if no one signed up. Or, worse, if only 3 people signed up and then I had to do this every week for … [Read more...]
making decisions is one of the most energy-intensive things we do as humans. Making a decision just plain takes a lot of calories. With a complex life, our brains are exhausted most days, too exhausted to make good decisions. Mark Silver A common scenario You have a sense that you should be … [Read more...]