Our topic of the week comes from JaneB (thanks, JaneB!):
What balance between physical and electronic forms of drafts and physical and electronic writing media works for you? For example, some of us probably write drafts long hand, others use word processor software to write then do major edits with a pen on a paper copy, others do the lot on a computer… pros and cons?
Other questions that relate: What tools do you use when your writing is really moving? What do you use when you get stuck? Why do you use what you use?
Feel free to answer any of the questions above, and as always, comment on others’ comments when you can. I’ll leave the comments sections open through Monday, mostly because it’s summer (at least for the northern hemisphere folks), and partly because commenting on other people’s posts is a great way to procrastinate my way into working at the start of the week.
A reminder of the check-in format: 1) Goals, 2) Accomplished, 3) Analysis, 4) Goals for next week, 5) optional Next check in date, if you’ll miss a week or two or three.
Amstr [complete dissertation]: for real this time, finish The Chapter.
Aria [something ??]: make some progress
Becky [journal article]: Read more for the section I’m working on.
Contingent Cassandra [full draft of J by 7/21; progress on P project]: work on J article on Tu, Th, and Sat. mornings. Do *not* let other things interfere; better sleep schedule. Accomplish one ancillary task, and make progress on the other.
Daisy [finish thesis]: vacation!!! celebration!!!
DEH [finish and submit MMP and article]: 1500 words.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell [progress on diss or article]: Begin reading WYJA in hopes it will light a fire, although I’d settle for a candle. An hour a day on dissertation or article.
emmawriting [2 articles submitted; work on 1 of 2 articles]: Work on EOCP every day
GEW [draft of new chapter; edit article]: 50 more pages of primary source reading, 500 words of writing for Chapter 2, and some notes and quotes for Chapter 5.
humming42 [complete book MS]: first two sections of chapter 1 complete
JaneB [chip away at writing backlog]: rewrite ComplicatedPaper with co-author comments; and email revision to non-replying co-authors. Finish drafting the text to go with the analyses I have so far for NextBigPaper; work out exactly what additional analyses are needed. Rough out the latest version of Paper With MSc Student. Make notes to go along with the preliminary analyses and send those off to those collaborators. Prepare for intensive summer field week of teaching.
jenk [submit article; materials/methods + research sections of thesis]: Spend an hour and a half with the thesis
Kirstin [rough draft of journal article]: WYJA Week 3; email Zsuzsi.
kiwimedievalist [article]: week 3 of WYJA, and at least 60 mins a day working on one of the articles (possibly alternating)
luolin88 [finish and submit journal article; start next article]: Make writing a priority. Work first thing on MTWThF. (next check in: 6/22)
Matilda [2 of 4: paper, 3 presentations]: finishing a first draft, using WYJA.
NWGirl [revise 2 papers for publication]: finish reviewing the related literature.
psycgirl [R&R MS; submit MS#2; outline review article]: Write Results of MS#2. Edit section 2 of MS#1
rented life [2 solid book chapters]: Read 4 chapters (or 3 chapters and some of the DVD), apply to one job (due next week), moving stuff. Bonus: write 1 page, even with pen and paper.
rocket [article & old project submitted; prelim new project]: ??
Ruthie [chapter; book proposal; 2 articles]: Write 5 pages before Sunday evening. Write each day, first thing, for three hours before leaving to do fieldwork. With fieldwork, keep calling people until you find someone willing to let you shadow them.
Sapience [complete diss; decide scope of new idea]: 10 more articles, this time in preparation for my summer seminar; start editing the diss. Perhaps allow procrastination in the form of more job market material revision.
tracynicolerose [P&P and LM papers ready for conference mid-summer; drafting TS and BE papers]: Finalize the LM presentation based on co-authors’ comments and send it off to the session moderator; finish activities in WYJA using the second presentation paper (P&P) for the activities. Begin Week 3 in WYJA. Edit my section of the findings section of the TS paper.
Trapped in Canadia [2 diss. chapters; 1 turned into edited book ch.]: (next check in: 6/22)