Yesterday I happened across #AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month), which is a writing challenge for academics to write every day in November. This intrigued me for two main reasons: 1. I have a lot to write in November anyway and 2. I need to develop better habits for writing.
To focus on the latter for a moment, I know from Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work that if you do something for 21 days straight you can develop a habit. Plus, it seems to fall in line with the recommendations of Joan Bolker’s Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis, which I have been reading this semester. There are also numerous other blogs on the internet with similar advice; here are a couple:
- “To Become a Writer, Track Your Writing” by Jason B. Jones on the @ProfHacker blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education
- “Writing Accountability Part 1 by Jennifer Lim: How it works” on @PhD2Published’s blog.
- “Scholarly Writing Hacks: 5 Lessons I Learned Writing Every Day in June” by Jennifer Ahern-Dodson on the @ProfHacker blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education
The common theme from these blog posts goes beyond the simple daily habit of writing and includes tracking and accountability, which is where #AcWriMo comes in. So, I would like to challenge other graduate members and academics in SWE to join me for #AcWriMo and hold each other accountable for developing better writing habits. I have created a Facebook group for people to join to facilitate accountability. You can also find other stepping up to the challenge on Twitter using #AcWriMo2014.
The original post can be found on my blog at http://www.rebeccaee.com/blog/item/17-acwrimo-academic-writing-month.