Schedule Writing Days

Christine Tulley, a professor of English writing for Inside Higher Ed, suggests that we schedule writing days with ourselves.

In “10 Ways to Make Sure Your Writing Happens,” Tulley explains how to make sure we have and use writing days.

Despite the hype about daily writing, I’ve found scores of faculty who reserve Fridays solely for writing projects and others who reserve Tuesdays and Thursdays for writing projects around teaching. They only write one or two days a week. Research has not supported this as a way of writing successfully — researchers, including Boice, note high levels of burnout, distraction or slow progress when faculty work on writing for long periods (i.e., binge writing) infrequently. Faculty may get some writing done, but many procrastinate or get distracted, or dread sitting that long. In fact, one recent study of nearly 600 faculty writers found that academics who wrote during sabbaticals and breaks were the least satisfied of all faculty writers.

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