I find in my writing that I wait way too long to ask others for help. I get mired in my stuck-ness and forget that I have friends and colleagues who would be happy to lend an ear or a readerly eye. At times I’ve gone weeks before I’ve reached out to other writers. They might offer some constructive feedback, encourage me with a cheery “keep going!”; whatever help they give, it’s always gotten me unstuck. Sometimes just asking for help makes all the difference. Last week I made it all the way to panic on Friday, managed to convince myself to send what I had off to my writing partner that afternoon, and on Saturday I had a productive writing session. I clearly need to learn to shorten the time between when I start to be stuck and when I ask for help. What’s your strategy?
What triggers you to ask for help? Who do you ask for help? What kind of help do you ask for?
Feel free to give us your mid-summer assessment in your comment this week, if you didn’t get a chance to last week. If you’re revising your summer goal, please check what’s listed next to your name and update it in your comment (see below).
Check in by noon Monday: 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. 6) optional Revised summer goal (please make it succinct so I can cut and paste it into the list)
Here’s what you said you’d try to do this week:
Amstr [complete dissertation]: 1) 15 pages of Ch. 3 revisions, 2) finish Ch. 2 draft, 3) re-read article version of Ch. 1, outline, make a list of things to research, 4) use work time to work, and work 2 evenings.
Becky [journal article]: Figure out how to explain this last set of results. I will do this by continuing to read at least 2 papers a day.
Contingent Cassandra [full draft of J article by 8/24; make progress on P projects; continue freelance work.]: research and write current freelance piece, keeping good track of hours spent and observing work patterns.
Daisy [finish thesis]: write 2 hours every day
DEH [finish and submit MMP and article]: polished draft with notes and formatted to journal style, printed out for final proofreading before submission.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell [progress on diss or article]: Writing an hour and a half a day four times a week. Assess and tweak goals for the rest of the summer.
emmawriting [2 articles submitted; work on 1 of 2 articles]: finishing-up of EOCP results, analysis of one MC study, and planning of the last MC study; grade two student theses.
GEW [draft of new chapter; edit article]: finish the primary source novel. (next check in: 7/13)
humming42 [complete book MS]: chapter 2 fully organized (next check in: 7/20)
JaneB [chip away at writing backlog]: SOME activity on ANY ONE of the following: first draft of 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, write a plan for the next chunk of fieldwork. (next check-in possibly 7/13)
jenk [good draft of main project; figures + results of side project]: 2/3 of Figures + captions. More work on the results.
Kirstin [rough draft of journal article]: Read one article, write-out my argument(s) and evidence
luolin88 [finish and submit journal article; start next article]: 1/2 Monday; 1 hour Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Matilda [2 of 4: paper, 3 presentations]: reflecting my presentation, making a working plan for this July ~ November.
NWGirl [revise 2 papers for publication]: 1). Finish revisions on article #1, 2). Work on structure of article #2
rented life [2 solid book chapters]: Write for 10 minutes (min) on Mon-Thur. Research 2 job posting to decide on applying.
Sapience [complete diss; decide scope of new idea]: avoid the libraries, revise/proofread at least one chapter of the diss.
tracynicolerose [draft of TS and analysis for BE]: Continue reading for LM paper, go back to the data for the TS paper so I can continue with findings section; write analysis memo for BE paper.
Trapped in Canadia [2 diss. chapters; 1 turned into edited book ch.]: ? Finish the annoying book review. Complete Week 1 of WYJA.