I just caught on to the fact that November is Academic Writing Month! The hashtag #AcWriMo had crossed my radar a few times on Twitter this week, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I found out what it is all about. I wrote you a brief introduction to the concept if, like me, you hadn’t yet realized this month is special for academic writers.
This is how it works, in brief:
• Decide on a goal that’s word, time or task based (and stretches you)
• Publicly declare said goal (this gives you a push from the start)
• Draft a strategy (planning in advance will focus you)
• Openly discuss your problems and progress
• Don’t slack off
• Declare your results at the end
The longer version by Charlotte Frost, the woman behind Academic Writing Month, can be found on PhD2Published.
The idea of setting a goal and drafting a strategy is something I do regularly (as a GTD disciple). What appeals to me in this project is especially the fourth bullet point: talking about your writing practice with other writers, exchanging experiences and advice. As Tarrant puts it: “Social media platforms offer a great hybrid space – somewhere between the formal institution we’re affiliated to and the comfort of our own homes – where we can think out loud, ask for advice, build a support network, write and research collaboratively.”
For inspiration, see also my page with Writing Tools.