Spring Writes: Week 1

Writing Club: Beyoncé Edition
Writing Club: Beyoncé Edition

Welcome to the first week of Spring Writes! Pretty hurts; writing also hurts. Let’s make it less painful by setting incremental, manageable goals and keeping each other accountable! Okay! Here are your goals for the week:

Nicole: Finish revising a “revise and resubmit” paper. To get there, I have to gather info for the 3rd of 3 major topics ID’d by the reviewers as wanting (direct quotes/ data use issues). Info-gathering for the 1st of 3 (lit review / contribution issues) is done and the 2nd of 3 (policy info) is 98% done. I have to make the changes in the article itself for all three areas without losing the main point and clarity.

Sarah: Finish current chapter and send off one fellowship application by January 27.

Carly: Application grants, art stuff.

Dan: Monday is going to be a full teaching day, so I’m not setting a writing goal for that day. Tuesday is much better, so I’m going to set a writing goal of four pomodoros. Wednesday through Saturday, I’m going to set a writing goal of eight poms/day. Sunday I will do any class prep that I still need to do for the rest of the week, but I want it to be mostly a leisure day.

Meg: 8 hours of writing/day to finish journal article.

Ale: 1. finish this (*&*&^&*((*& complaint in one case I have

2. outline the idea for the law review article – right now I plan to write about Caremark issues in light of the financial crisis of 2008 and the lack of director culpability as seen through the lens of Delaware law.

3. reach out to law professors of mine who expressed interest in helping me get published (i’m five years out).

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Spring Writes!

Editor capybara says to use less jargon. Photo from this squee-inspiring forum thread.
Editor capybara says to use less jargon. Source: this squee-inspiring thread.

Winter break: it’s great for your sanity (unless you got caught in the Polar Vortex, that is) and maybe even good for a research trip, but probably not so great for your writing schedule. So with that in mind, we’re kicking off another writing group this Monday, January 20th! Between now and then, leave a comment on this post to introduce yourself, tell us your overall goals for the spring, and what you’re going to do during the first week. On Monday, I’ll put up a post with all of our weekly goals. As the week comes to a close, come back and let everyone know how you did, and what you want to accomplish the following week. We’ll repeat that for the following eleven weeks. The point of the group is to keep ourselves accountable to incremental tasks building to our larger goals, so it works best if we post every week.

When you’re setting your goals, be specific and realistic. Instead of saying, “I’m going to write every day,” let us know how long or how much you’re going to write, on which days. Are you going to write two hours each day? Four pages a day? Five pomodoros? Are you shooting for a #graftonline? Keeping Historiann‘s cloister-like schedule? Are you going to read some books or articles? Spend a day in archives? Look for grants and fellowships? Let us know! The more specific you are with your goals, the more you’re likely to get done. And instead of planning to write a trilogy of monographs in twelve weeks, set goals that are challenging but attainable. They don’t even need to be writing goals! Maybe you want to finish up all of the research for your dissertation. Maybe you want to launch a website based on your project. We are here to affirm your choices! Just make sure that your goals are realistic, or you’re likely to get disappointed and burn out.

And that’s it! Simple, right? By the Passover/Tax Day/Easter/Earth Day rolls around, you’ll have accomplished more than you would otherwise, and you’ll have a record of all the work you did during the semester!

Fall Writes: Week 12

The end of Fall Writes is upon us! I hope the last eleven weeks have been productive for everyone, and that you’re much closer to your goals than you were at the beginning of the semester. Even if you didn’t get to everything you thought you would, it’s important to take stock of your accomplishments and feel good about them. So, as always, let us know your goals for the week in the comments below, and happy writing!

Weekly Goals:

Dan: Finish edits to dissertation and format for filing next week, do one fellowship application (due tomorrow, eek), and correct the stack of writing assignments I’ve been sitting on for too long.

Evie: Write draft of Atwood Studios article.

Mike: Finish draft IREX grant proposal by Friday, submit it on Monday.