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Envisioning

I have been meaning to do this for a while now, but I want to create a Vision Board.

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Silvia, P.J. (2007). How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

This is an excellent, humorous, and forthright little book about starting and keeping the momentum going with writing. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud anecdotes and not-so-gentle prods to help the ever-procrastinating¬†and excuse-making academic come out of her/his rut and routines of avoiding writing for all the wrong reasons. Once you can get past your reasons to not write, one must, the author urges, create a steady, daily, protected time to write. He says his is daily time is 8:00-10:00 a.m. I like this idea. I think I’m going to try that time frame (more or less!) and see how that goes. I’ll post updates on here. Another reminder of a truism located within this text: Writing is a skill and it must be developed through practice. My biggest excuses to “not write”: *I need my “white board” to write, I must be “inspired” (not necessary, according to Silvia), and finally, “I need to read more research first!”. Just do it will be my new motto.

Do others listen to music when writing? I listen to trance, industrial, and some of that 90’s Eurodance (think: “Rhythm is a Dancer”) when I write.¬†

What helped me during my dissertation process: Keeping the momentum going. 

Good quotes from the book: “You must ruthlessly defend your writing time.” (p.15) and “Equipment will never help you write a lot; only making a schedule and sticking to it will make you a productive writer” (p. 22). Here’s to sticking to schedules!

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