JaneB said in the comments last week
learning when to STOP working on things is a useful survival tool.
And the little cassette player in my head started in with “STOP! Collaborate, and listen . . .” and pretty soon I had the full on chorus blasting in my noggin. (And here is where I date myself. And if you need a little diversion, you can watch the official video here.)
We all have to stop writing at some point, and while sometimes we’re forced to stop by an external deadline, often we have to decide to stop. So how do you decide when to stop?
How are your stopping habits? Do you tend to stop too soon? Not soon enough? How do you feel when you stop writing–relieved? panicky? depressed? proud? What do you need to learn about stopping?
As usual, please check in by noon Monday, but feel free to continue the conversation beyond then. 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.
This week’s goals:
Amstr [complete dissertation draft]: 1) finish Ch. 3 changes, 2) make progress on Ch. 1 expansion (aim for halfway), 3) work well, incl. 2 evenings.
Becky [journal article]: ??
Contingent Cassandra [full draft of J article by 8/24; make progress on P projects; continue freelance work]: Continue progress on the J article; prepare and give P project presentation; plan and conduct a day of P-project archival research (and network with people at the presentation); do some preliminary research/writing for the next 2 freelance pieces (but concentrate mainly on J, P, and household/financial projects). (next check-in 8/3)
Daisy [finish thesis]: Pick one thing off the list each day and aim for 4 hours…
DEH [finish and submit MMP and article]: really, truly, definitely finish the perfectionistic polishing and submit the motherloving companion piece already.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell [book chapter proposal; writing 4 days/week]: Write an hour a day four days a week.
emmawriting [ EOCP full draft sent to collaborator, MC paper results section done, MUL data collected, MC5 fully prepped]: Goal 1: grade papers in less than 30 minutes per paper; Goal 2: Be sure to do SOMETHING to push forward writing on Thursday and Friday after grade deadline.
GEW [short draft of new chapter (10 pages)]: Read one article, one book intro, and one book chapter.
humming42 [complete book MS]: 30 minutes on the August project + 30 minutes on the manuscript or one of the September projects each day.
JaneB [chip away at writing backlog]: develop a plan for the rest of the summer for my writing.
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]: finish week 3, start week 4
luolin88 [finish and submit journal article; submit 2nd ms to new journal]: Get my momentum back. Work on article Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for at least 30 minutes. Get past the (necessary) fiddling around with my draft so I can finish and submit before the fall semester. Go to bed early enough, which for me right now means 10:30pm.
Matilda [2 of 4: paper, 3 presentations]: [no goal listed]
NWGirl [revise 2 papers for publication]: Structure for article#2.
rented life [2 solid book chapters]: 10 min a day of ‘writing activity’–writing, editing, reviewing previous drafts, etc.–, continued, except Thursday
Sapience [complete diss; plan for one project for fall]: ? finish this round of proofreading in preparation for sending the whole thing off to someone else for a good look.
tracynicolerose [draft of TS and analysis for BE]: Slog through the TS reports I ran; 2nd level memo on the BS data; read for the LM paper.