Writing Between (Week 2)

Goals for Week 1: write 2500 words (or more–4000 would be fantastic); read/annotate/notes on two articles; annotate two articles I read last week; skim one book for quotes.

Accomplished: wrote 3000 words (now at 4500 words. Half way point!); annotated one article.

Analysis: I’m in writing mode, and I don’t tend to remember to read and take notes when I’m drafting. It might be better to keep an article with me for spare moments and focus on the writing part. I’m looking at a lot of articles I read year or more ago. So far my notetaking system (marking page number and topic on the front of the article) has been working fabulously. I flip through a stack of articles, and I can pull out the ones I need for a particular paragraph quite quickly.

One thing I can change to make next week more productive: schedule loosely. Alternating half-hour writing slots with half-hour breaks seems to be the best system at the moment. My goals/tasks for breaks need to not fill up the entire break.

Goals for Week 2: write 3000 words (or more–4000 would be amazing); finish the book chapter I started two weeks ago.

The way the chapter is going, I’m guessing it will be closer to 12,000 words. I’m halfway through my word-count goal, and I’m on my second of nine sections (though the one I’m in will likely be the longest).

Cheers for the weekend!

Writing Between (first Thursday)

Office Calendar
I decided to work in my office today because my calendar makes me happy.

I started with a looser schedule today and Writing First. So far, that equals 800 words of freewriting and 400 words of the chapter draft. And I still have two hours left before I have to drive the carpool.

Writing Between (first Wednesday)

Why is it that on my long work day, I get less done than other days? I can list the things that took my time: a call with the electrician, a meeting with the electrician, a hard but good swim, tidying the house, eating lunch while watching The Voice. But somehow it happens every week. Maybe it’s that I feel like I have so much time I can afford to be leisurely with everything. Or maybe I was extra tired today. Or maybe I was catching up with life after being busy yesterday.

I’m off to play catch up. I’m not too far behind my goals to make them by the end of the week.

For next week I’ll need to think of a Wednesday strategy to see if I can up my productivity.

Writing Between (Week 1)

There’s a break between writing groups, so I thought I’d check in here with some weekly goals. I’m heading into the big push to get Chapter 4 done enough to send to my writing partner, and I definitely need the accountability. Here are my minimum goals:

Week 0: 1100 words done
Week 1: 2500 words
Week 2: 3000 words
Week 3: 2000 words
Week 4: clean up to send

Somewhere in there I’ll need to add another 400 words or so.

At the end of Week 3, I have a weekend writing retreat scheduled. I’m hoping to use it to clean up the Chapter 4 draft, revise the Chapter 2 draft from writing partner comments, and draft some (all?) off the conclusion. I won’t have a printer on my retreat, so I have a hard deadline for the finished draft. (I absolutely must edit on paper.)

Goals for Week 1: write 2500 words (or more–4000 would be fantastic); read/annotate/notes on two articles; annotate two articles I read last week; skim one book for quotes.

Overall writing account

I’m still basically where I was last time I reported–I still need to finish Chapter 4, write the conclusion, and revise Chapter 2 (I’m waiting for writing partner feedback on how substantial the revisions need to be). At this point, I think I can have the complete dissertation draft to my advisor (and hopefully secondary advisor too) by the first week of June. My third committee member is gone for the summer, so it’s likely I’ll defend in September. Maybe I can time it so it’s 10 years to the day since I started my PhD. There is a possibility that my advisor and I will try to replace my third committee member in order to schedule a summer (probably August) defense. Sooner seems better, of course, but it also sounds nice to have time to get the formatting and proofreading right without having to rush.

I’m close. So close.