So November started yesterday, which means there are hundreds of academics writing like mad because it is Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo). Currently in its fourth incarnation, ACWriMo is the brainchild of Charlotte Frost, founder of PhD2Published.It is an excellent way to hone your writing skills and get a lot done in a month. If you have not participated in AcWriMo, it is simple to do. Here are the six basic rules (quoting the PhD2Puublished site):
1. Decide on your goal. You might count words, hours put in or projects achieved – it’s up to you. But try and push yourself a bit.
2. Declare it! Sign up on the AcWriMo 2014 Writing Accountability Spreadsheet and fill in the sections on what you’d like to achieve and keep us updated on your progress. Being accountable is key to this working for you. You need to feel a bit of pressure to get the work done.
3. Draft a strategy. Don’t start AcWriMo without doing a bit of planning and preparation. Get some reading done, carve out time slots in your schedule to dedicate to writing, even buy your favourite coffee. Sort out whatever you’ll need to write, and get it done now, there won’t be time when November comes around.
4. Discuss your progress. OK so being on Twitter and Facebook with us all day isn’t acceptable – you’ve got work to do – but checking-in at certain times is really important! We want to know how you’re getting on? What is working for you and what isn’t? Do you need help? Do you want to share a writing triumph? (You’ll find most discussion about AcWriMo on Twitter using the #AcWriMo hashtag, but if Facebook is more your thing, go there. Or use your own blog to keep in touch. You can even write little updates you want to share in the spreadsheet.)
5. Don’t slack off. If you push yourself, you’ll quickly discover the tips and techniques that work best for YOU and that’ll save you even more time in the long-run.
6. Declare your results. It’s great to use the spreadsheet everyday (or as often as you can) to chart how you’re getting on, but even if you can’t do that, you MUST announce your results at the end of the month. Our writing community benefits not only from sharing in your achievements, but knowing what didn’t work and being reminded that, at the end of the day, we’re all human!
Here are my goals for this month:
1. Complete three job applications
2. Write one conference paper
3. Complete one journal article and submit it.
4. Write Minimum 500 words per day on weekdays and 300 words per day on weekends.
I will have my first day report up soon.
Everyone have fund writing and remember to enjoy the process and not focus on the end results.