#AcWriMo Eve: Come join the Writing Challenge

Just this week I invited my colleagues to come and join me in Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) to assist in achieving writing goals, dissemination of research, and most importantly to refocus on creating those so important daily writing habits amongst the “busyness” of administration work that can become attached to our roles. I prepared a one page handout and thought it would be great to share this with you all to help you with your goals to write more, finish off writing, or just get started.

Calvin and Hobbes on writing via http://www.westfield.ma.edu/committees/writing-liaison-committee-wlc/
Calvin and Hobbes on writing via http://www.westfield.ma.edu/committees/writing-liaison-committee-wlc/

Inspired by National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that is an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. Academics developed and extended this in 2011 to create the Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo)

Aims are to:

  • Establish regular writing times
  • Identify your writing habit
  • Be proactive with your writing
  • Set goals and be accountable for your writing
  • Share with others as a supportive not competitive environment
  • All about action and refocusing away from “busy work”

How to get started:

  • Make writing your focus for the month of November – a book, journal article, book chapter, thesis chapter, multiple projects, one project, grant proposal and so on
  • Set some writing goals
  • Plan for your word limit for the month (new words not edits)
  • Set time aside in your diary for each day to write (consider the best time of the day that you write, weekends/personal time, commitments)
  • Share your goals on the global spreadsheet to support a community of academics who are focusing on writing

Where to read more:

November is writing time in 2013 – great goals to help you

Here’s a link about why I have participated in #AcWriMo in the past and some tips about getting writing.

Tips to get you started

Great idea but…. some help in all your worries and how to turn them around

Check out the Twitter Community –for ongoing support and sharing of ideas/strategies –  #AcWriMo

So, are you going to join us? As @PhD2Published shared this week, the #acwrimo rules are:

  1. Decide your goal
  2. Declare it
  3. Draft strategy
  4. Discuss your progress (face to face or virtually)
  5. Don’t slack off
  6. Declare your result
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