Shut Up and Write!

Featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, an article by the publication’s prodigious journalist Jennifer Howard describes one approach to holding oneself accountable for getting writing to publish done: A scheduled writing group that meets only for the purpose of its attendees’ writing during the one-hour meeting. No workshopping of drafts. No discussion of writing. Just writing. Among other things the regularly scheduled meeting gives participants a excuse when other matters press in. It’s easier to say, “I have a meeting already scheduled” than to say, “I’ve scheduled writing time.”

The article in on line for subscribers: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Secret-to-Hitting-Your/230711/

Zinsser on Writing Well in Science

The late William Zinsser, who recently passed away, was well known to novice and skilled writers alike as the author of On Writing Well (among other books).
Here provided by the blog site BrainPickings are his comments on clear science writing: http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/05/27/william-zinsser-on-writing-well-science/
 

Kerry Ann Rockquemore: How to Salvage Your Summer Writing

Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Ph.D., president, of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, responds to the tenure track faculty member who fears having lost half the summer and momentum while getting no writing accomplished.

Rockquemore advises:

  • Get real about why you’ve not been writing.
  • Create a one-month writing plan.
  • Then write every one of those 30 days.
  • Find a supportive community of daily writers.

The essay is available to all: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2015/07/15/essay-how-move-ahead-writing-whats-left-summer

Mid-Summer Check In: How’s Your Summer Writing Coming Along?

The Writing Campus, a blog for writing across the curriculum faculty, asks, “How’s your summer writing going?”
The article advises:
  • Think routine:  What times of day work best for your writing?

  • Consider your space and place: What sort of space works best for you?  Messy or tidy?  Quiet or noisy?  With music or without?  Sometimes, changing up your space and place can help you refocus and get out of writing ruts.

  • Set a timer: The Pomodoro Technique is one way to think through tasks, and all it takes is a kitchen timer!  Sometimes, just turning off the Wi-Fi, setting a timer, and writing away can be a great way to get rid of distractions.

  • Give yourself a break:  Allow yourself to get away from your computer. Give your brain a rest for a bit of time, then return to your work.  Moreover, don’t be hard on yourself when writing doesn’t go well or you’re stuck.

Summer’s Here: Make Progress on Writing Projects

Summer has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, when many faculty have reduced or no teaching, so it’s a time to make progress on writing projects.

Theresa MacPhail writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Vitae admonishes that we make a realistic writing schedule:

“Stop thinking about your writing in terms of large projects . . .
Set up a realistic writing schedule and then (mostly) stick to it . . . [and]
Writer, know thyself.”

The article is available on line to subscribers: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1044-a-realistic-summer-writing-schedule

Summer’s Here: Time to Get Writing!

Writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s professional website Vitae, Joli Jensen, Hazel Rogers Professor of Communication at The University of Tulsa, reminds us “The semester is over! It’s time to write!” However, she also admonishes us to have a plan in order to get writing done:

  • Start with realistic scholarly and relaxation objectives.
  • Deploy basic productivity techniques.
  • Secure writing time, space and energy.
  • Keep a personal log and create an accountability system.
  • But cut yourself some slack.

When Reviewers Disagree (or at least contradict each other)

Karen Kelsky, writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae explores the problem when two or more readers’ reports offer conflicting or contradictory suggestions for revision and resubmission. She advises: 1) You don’t have to accept every revision suggestion (though you need to address all of them); reviewers aren’t necessarily experts in your topic so you can disagree with them; and 3) letting go of ego, you can find revision suggestions helpful. The article is on line for subscribers: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/954-when-the-reviewers-disagree

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