Building Effective Scholarly Writing Habits
How well are you making progress on your summer writing projects?
Productive scholarly writers share similar habits for long-term writing success. Here are some suggestions for maintaining productive writing practices:
- Write a little bit every day. Even writing for 30-45 minutes a day makes a difference. In time, you will replace the habit of writing when inspiration strikes with writing as a habit.
- Track your writing. End each writing session with what you would like to achieve the next day.
- Use a timer. It will release you from watching the clock.
- Figure out when you’re most creative. Begin blocking that time of day for writing as you would for other appointments.
- Minimize distractions. Consider going to a “third space” outside of your office and home. Use an app that blocks access to Facebook and other distractions for during specified times.
- Create smaller milestones by taking a big project and breaking it down into small pieces. Celebrate small successes and reward yourself when you complete each one.
- Join a writing group. Find a couple of people with similar writing goals and meet regularly. Being a part of a writing group will help hold yourself accountable and you will find support and encouragement in the comradery.
- Attend a retreat. Consider setting aside one day each month to be away from your home and office for a writing retreat.
Are you interested in learning more about scholarly writing habits? Here are some selected resources for writing productively:
- Boice, R. (2000). Advice for new faculty members: Nihil nimus. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
- Gray, T. (2015). Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar (2nd ed.) Las Cruces, NM: Teaching Academy, New Mexico State University.
- Academic Writing Club is a proprietary service to help you keep on task with your writing projects. http://academicwritingclub.com/