Hello, Spring Writers! Welcome to Week 3. If you haven’t added your goals for the week yet, enter them in the comments below, and I’ll add them to this post. In the meantime, check out Karen E. Bender‘s “10 Commandments for Becoming a Writer” if you’re looking for some inspiration, and note her advice on keeping a writing schedule.
And working off of Carly’s goals, last week I shared Claire Potter’s post about “writing in chunks.” Do you take a particular approach to doing the heavy lifting when it comes to writing? Tell us in the comments below.
Carly: Complete the last fellowship app that’s outstanding (I hope it is outstanding!) and finish that UHA proposal I mentioned last week. I plan to finish up a project for CENFAD that should take quite a lot of this week’s hours. And I’m getting into writing the next big drafty chunk of dissertation.
Meg: Same goals as last week.
Nicole: 1) This week I need to finish the “mucking” through to pull out key portions of the previous years of finished writing I did that’s applicable to my 2nd empirical chapter. It took a few days to get almost done with 2011 (moving to now).
2) I also need to do the “mining” of the gold in that muck by placing things in my outline and dumping out the unusable stuff into a file I can find one day.
3) I need to commit to my present outline. I’m taking a talk I gave and using more or deeper examples in the data. There are organizational questions about the whole diss. and its relation to this chapter that will keep coming up, arrg, but I will proceed with the outline I have. (Things like, how much of state policy belongs in chapters that are not “the” main state policy chapter? Do I want the state in every chapter, and to make three different points about state policy, or for it to be everywhere as part of one big point about the contradiction of state presence and absence? Arrg. Maybe moot right now. A decision that will need to get made.)
4) I need to see what’s missing once all the “mined” gems are in the outline, and go to my actual raw data to get more as needed. This is important in terms of using more current fieldwork than what I previously wrote up in some analytical way. This is what I’m most nervous about, as it has the most potential for sinkholes and quicksand (getting off task).
5) I’m going to have to pull up more on the literatures I’ve discussed too, but only to continue along with the outline. I don’t want to get lost there!!
6) I need to begin the chapter with some descriptions of representative organizations. But before knocking myself out, I have to have some reason for the features I decided to describe that fits into the rest of the chapter’s main three themes.
7) THUS: In a week I want to be well into working with finished writing of chapter 2 (you know, sentences and paragraphs that go together, transitions, coherence). I had set the goal of this draft done 2/12!
8) Unrelated to this: hopefully I can get the R and R paper back to the journal by this time next week. This is out of my hands right now.
Bunny: Post four papers, and reply to two threaded discussion questions.
Dan: Four poms on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and eight on Wednesday and Saturday. I’m also going to try to get to the work earlier in the day, probably just by knocking off work as soon as I get up. If I can get that momentum, it really helps. And I want to finish these textbook entries just to get them off of my plate!
Roberta: Dedicating at least 1/2 hour to the dissertation every day is the goal again. Typically, if I actually work on it, I do well more than a 1/2 hour. Yes I can and YES I WILL!
Sarah: Finish UHA panel and send it to the other participants for review (also keep trying to find a discussant); draft initial abstract for a different conference; make archival research plan for the next two months; keep cool and calm about my house’s leaky roof.
Melanie: Finalizing my chapter outlines (every semester!) and meeting with my advisor, getting stuff together for fellowships, UHA proposal, blog post, and doing a f*ckton of reading for a seminar on Friday.