Last week in her comment, NWGirl included this piece of advice from her dissertation chair:
Write for an informed reader not an academic. That is avoid the jargon, the academicese. Don’t bore your reader. Challenge your reader but avoid being pompous. My dissertation chair said she wrote for her mother, a well-read reader but one who didn’t hold an advanced degree in the field.
Whom do you write for? Who is your imagined audience for your current project? Is it different from your real audience? How does your sense of audience affect your writing?
Please check in by noon on Monday (PST). The comments will technically be open after that if you’d like to continue conversations.
Thanks for adhering to 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]: 1) find books/article for one section of Article Revision revision, 2) finish Ch. 3 revision pass, 3) make photocopies from overdue library books, 4) “draft” 5 pages of Ch. 2 (copying lots from the article).
Aria [something ??]: ?
Becky [journal article]: Read at least 1 paper a day for this manuscript
Contingent Cassandra [full draft of J by end of summer; progress on P project]: finish up class and get as much grading done as possible. Get as far as possible on 2nd freelance assignment. Generally prepare and protect time for very badly needed real break after grades and 2nd freelance assignment are in. Touch base with J materials if possible.
Daisy [finish thesis]: regroup and figure out which way to go.
DEH [finish and submit MMP and article]: keep trying to finish the draft. Seriously, I need about 500-700 new words, another 1000 moved in from a conference paper version, and then a lot of grooming.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell [progress on diss or article]: 5 or 6 hours (check in possibly 6/29)
emmawriting [2 articles submitted; work on 1 of 2 articles]: Work on EOCP or writing every day. Again, try to put it first if possible. Also try to be more efficient about other kinds of work, fit them in on “regular” days so that they don’t entirely take over on “last-minute” days.
GEW [draft of new chapter; edit article]: Finish primary source and type notes and quotes.
humming42 [complete book MS]: Finish the N section, with a goal of submitting the chapter by June 28.
JaneB [chip away at writing backlog]: Survive! SOME activity on ANY ONE of the following: rough out the problem with the MSc paper, do an R&R, get a first draft of the NextBigPaper out to collaborators, do a re-rewrite of the intro to ComplicatedPaper based on the comments from co-authors that have come in along with a final polish and submit, or complete the administrivia-report.
jenk [submit article; materials/methods + research sections of thesis]: an hour and a half with the thesis (next check in: 6/22)
Kirstin [rough draft of journal article]: ?
kiwimedievalist [article]: ??
luolin88 [finish and submit journal article; start next article]: 1/2 revising Monday (today);
1/2 revising Th and Fr after returning from trip. (next check in: 6/22)
Matilda [2 of 4: paper, 3 presentations]: Sending a replying e-mail on my arguement and finishing a draft.
NWGirl [revise 2 papers for publication]: work on revising (the intro and the conclusion), editing, etc.; full draft with the new literature, etc. by the end of this week; write first thing in the morning (except one day).
psycgirl [R&R MS; submit MS#2; outline review article]: send manuscript off to grad student so he can add his part, revise Part II. Jot down some thoughts re: review article
rented life [2 solid book chapters]: Do all the moving stuff, read 2 chapters. (next check in: 6/22)
Ruthie [chapter; book proposal; 2 articles]: ??
Sapience [complete diss; decide scope of new idea]: look at lots of sixteenth century books and write at least one paragraph about each relevant/interesting one. Extra credit: write a blog post about the work in the archives. (next check in: 6/29)
tracynicolerose [P&P and LM papers ready for conference mid-summer; drafting TS and BE papers]: re-read the P&P paper draft and make a list of edits that it needs. Some reading for at least one of the three papers on my plate this summer. (next check in: 6/22)
Trapped in Canadia [2 diss. chapters; 1 turned into edited book ch.]: (next check in: 6/22)