So far we've thought about what kinds of writing we have ahead of us, both required and desired, and about what makes for a good writing experience. Now let's take some time to reflect on the journey that got us to this point in our writing lives - this week, we can talk about how we were taught about writing - did you have a wonderful elementary teacher at school who made you believe you could write? Did learning to pass exams and the pressure to achieve As cramp your natural writing style in high school, or did it help you develop the discipline you rely on today? Did you take a transformative college class at some point? or was it the refining fire of the PhD which forged your writerly tool kit? (in later weeks, we can explore what that tool kit is in a bit more detail - for now, we're still sitting on our rock or comfy bench or lounging in our hammock reflecting and remembering...)
As ever, do feel free to drop in the conversation whether you're setting goals this session or not - we'd love to hear from you!
GOALS FROM LAST WEEK (and hopefully all birthday-celebrators had or are planning a lot of treats):
- Do analytical stuff for last samples and send away
- Do figures for old paper
- Think about new paper and write any one section, short is ok
- Pack up office or parts of office
- Finish editorial for association journal
- Dinner with another departing colleague
Dame Eleanor Hull
- 4 days work on conference paper
- 4 days work on spring undergrad class
- get new phone
- 4 days weeding or other garden tasks
- move stuff back into guest room OR tidy my study
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
- Finish two end of the year reports–one on what a productive faculty member I am (which I hate writing), and update on statistics, which is more Excel than me, thankfully;
- Mail the darn thank-you notes;
- Take the to-be-shredded files to the local shredding day event.
- Return to chapter 1: What was I doing again?
- House stuff: Deal with plumbing issue (i.e. wait for the plumber), Goodwill trip, technology recycling
- Read at least 1/2 of research book
- Write letter of recommendation for former student
- Have a nice time outside now and again
- work no more than 10 hours
- make some lists for smaller things that fit under the areas of personal replenishment, reducing next year's pressures and fun/creative stuff.
- replenishment: back to basics. Eating plenty of fruit and veg, drinking enough water, a small exercise habit (10 minutes a day of deliberate exercise), a small chore habit (5 minutes of picking up or one of the recurring chores like a load of laundry each day)
- pressure reduction: writing out my rough week-by-week for next year (I have to do this to put the workload data for my modules in to the teaching tsar, since we team teach everything so loads are messy and complex...). Send two emails for the Teaching Project which are preying on my mind. And I think that's plenty!
- fun/creative: write a letter to a friend/read for an hour at least 3 days/do at least two crochet stripes on the "desert colours" blanket project/play D&D or write another job board game.