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Writing ideas for Thursday’s Writing Camp

Two more days left of writing camp! Today, we sprint from 9 am – 3 pm CST, and I will be posting sprints on Twitter using #writingsprint. Remember, we’re taking 10 minute breaks each hour, with a 1 hour lunch break (at around 11 am CST).

Here’s some suggestions on planning out a productive work day:

  • Make your schedule/to do list. Write out what it is you want to accomplish, break it into tasks, then put it into time slots.
  • Prioritize what you want to do first, identify where you may have “wiggle” space.
  • Close any distractions. Stick to staying off web surfing if possible. Remember, the purpose of writing camp is to write!
  • If you get stuck, freewrite! Use http://themostdangerouswritingapp.com if you need an adrenaline rush to help you!

In Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day, Bolker (1998) suggests going back to some of the work you’ve written:

  • Pick out words, phrases or sentences in the writing you’ve got that seem interesting, or provocative, or resonant, and try writing beginning with them.
  • Ask yourself,

“What stands out for me most in what I’ve written?”

“Is there an argument in this mess?”

“Is what I’ve said here true?”

“Do I believe in this?

  • Try writing, repeatedly…an answer to the question, “What am I really trying to say in this argument/chapter/section?” (p. 52, emphasis in original)

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