Welcome to week six! That means we’re nearing the halfway point of our twelve weeks of writing, so this may be a good time to take stock of your goals for the summer to see if you’re on track. If not, there’s no shame in revising your goals. If you were overly ambitious and bit off more than you can chew, it can be tempting to chuck the whole thing in frustration–better to realistically assess where you are now and decide what you can accomplish in the next month and a half.
In the meantime, here’s a post from LifeHacker about planning and how to avoid procrastination. Spoiler alert: the way to overcome procrastination is to just jump into a project. That may sound like duh advice, but I think it holds particularly true for writing–if you wait until you have an idea fully formed in your head before putting pen to page or fingers to keyboard, you’re likely to never get off the ground. However, if you start filling in some details of that argument or narrative, it can help everything else begin to snap into place.
And here are your goals for the week:
Carly: Draft ASLH funding request, contact archivist.
Matt: Go to the Hagley for research, revise article for Policy History.
Shicky: [Welcome, Shicky!] Write 1,000 words–not “meta-commentary”–by the 4th.
Dan: Four pomodoros Sunday, eight Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Mail out five interview transcripts, including one that has yet to be edited. Go through Ethnic News Watch and African American Historical Newspapers searches for “Pernessa Seele” and “Harlem Week of Prayer.” Pull draft of chapter five into Scrivener to chop it up and play with the structure.
Megan: Four pomodoros Tuesday, and eight pomodoros Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Time split evenly between coding data and free-writing to figure out argument.
Brenna: Catch up on recent scholarship for chapter three, start job/postdoc spreadsheet, start teaching portfolio.
If you haven’t set your goals yet, do so in the comments below and I’ll add them to this post. Happy writing!