Welcome to Week Zero!
As you’re planning for summer writing, think really hard about what you wish you could accomplish this summer, and what you can really accomplish this summer. There’s little sense in ending the summer depressed because you didn’t accomplish an impossible goal. Be generous with yourself. Have high, but reasonable expectations. Some of us might have things we have to accomplish this summer, so think creatively about how you can get those things done. Can you map out your plan with help from Wendy Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks or another guide? Is it better for you to have two projects going at once, or to complete one and then move on to the other? What will you do if you feel yourself falling behind the progress you need to make?
As with previous versions of this group, the goal here is not to accomplish everything we wish we could, but to set achievable weekly goals which lead to solid, regular progress on our projects. (Possible group motto: Less guilt, more writing.) We’ll have a week in the middle of summer to reassess what we’ve done so far and to recalibrate larger goals.
Consider the shape of your summer. How will non-writing events change your available writing time and energy over the next 15 weeks? For instance, I’ve got a crazy May because of extra kid activities near the end of school, and I’ll have a crazy September with my youngest starting kindergarten. I’ve also got brief vacations at either end of the summer. So my summer might be shaped like a stretched out bell curve–a ramp up in May and early June, solid work in June and July, with a tapering near the end of August. I’d expect to have smaller goals in the beginning and end of summer, and more demanding ones in the middle. What about you?
Check in this week: be sure to report your goal for the summer if you haven’t already, and state your goal for the week. If you’re still in recovery mode after the end of the semester, make it a planning week, or just take a much-needed break and do something fun. Just comment that you’ll post your first goal next week.
Starting May 18, check in with the following:
- Goal: The past week’s goals
- Accomplished: What you accomplished during the week
- Analysis: An analysis of what worked/what didn’t
- Next Goal: The next week’s goals
- Next Check In (optional): Your next check in date, if you’re planning to miss any number of weeks
Feel free to spread the word. I’ll continue to add people to the group until June 1. If you’d like to be added, just leave a comment below.
Amstr [complete dissertation]
Becky [journal article]
Contingent Cassandra [TBD]
Cyn [complete book MS]
Daisy [finish thesis]
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell [progress on diss or article]
emmawriting [2 articles submitted; work on 1 of 2 articles]
Erika [submit article; misc small deadlines]
GEW [draft of new chapter; edit article]
humming42 [complete book MS]
JaneB [chip away at writing backlog]
jenk [submit article; materials/methods + research sections of thesis]
Kirstin [rough draft of journal article]
librarianISP [something ??]
luolin88 [tentative: finish and submit journal article]
Matilda [2 of 4: paper, 3 presentations]
profgrrrrl [2 book projects; various MS]
psycgirl [R&R MS; submit MS#2; outline review article]
rented life [TBD]
rocket [article & old project submitted; prelim new project]
Ruthie [2 chapters/book proposal]
Sapience [complete diss/book proposal]
Trapped in Canadia [finish 1st draft of diss]