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)