#AcWriMo 2016 Goals

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Cartoon drawing of an eager-looking human and text saying "WRITE ALL THE THINGS!"It’s about that time of year again when us #AcWriMo devotees declare our intentions for the month ahead (and when newbies are about to discover the simple joy of writing as part of a global community of researchers sharing goals, tips, resources and ideas). I’m juggling a number of projects at the moment, so my month will be one of chipping away at various blocks of work.

Here are my aims:

  • One blog post per week on this site (no stated word count) (1 hour per week)
  • One blog post per week on 30Days4Science to update my progress (1 hour per week)
  • Build up my annotations in my monograph library on Zotero (2 hours per week)
  • Engage in the collaborative peer review process for my article submitted to Hybrid Pedagogies (as long as it takes!)
  • Edit and Re-write two chapters for my monograph (+4 hours per week).
  • TOTAL: At least 8 dedicated writing hours per week!

In previous years I totted up my input using word count. This year I have decided to commit to hours. Word count worked so very well for me when I was a PhD student. The obsession with getting closer and closer to the minimum word count is an excellent driver. I tried to continue using word count to set my goals following the PhD, but it just didn’t work for me last year. Now, time is of the essence. I don’t mean to insinuate that time isn’t a factor in a PhD – of course it is! It’s just that now, rather than having that central thesis-driven focus, I juggle a lot of different projects, both collaborative and singular. I often have to manage a significant and varied teaching load. I thrive under pressure, but finding precious minutes and hours within a schedule that shifts and varies week by week is a challenge.

So my hope is not just for the aforementioned goals to be completed by the 30th of November; I want this #AcWriMo to be one that gives me the focus I need to fine-tune my ability to adapt to changing schedules, workloads and responsibilities. I’m looking forward to engaging with the #AcWriMo community again. I will no doubt collect yet another bundle of useful resources and articles that will be generously shared and discussed via the hashtag.


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