This November, PhD student Brittany Amell is contributing a series of blog posts in honour of AcWriMo, or Academic Writing Month. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry! AcWriMo is simply a month (November) in which participating academics from all over the world try to get as much writing done as possible. There are many different ways to approach AcWriMo, but the main thing is that you set a goal regarding your writing, that you make it clear to others that you are participating in AcWriMo (and thereby aiming to achieve the goals you’ve set), and that you do your best to reach that goal (no shaming allowed!).
Brittany is a third-year doctoral student in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. Her research interests include the research, theory, and pedagogy of academic writing. Her current research focuses on the writing that doctoral students do. She will be writing four blog posts in November, one for each week of AcWriMo. Her goal for AcWriMo is, in her words:
“…to write for 2 hours every day. I have several projects I am working on, so there are a few things in the rotation to keep me occupied. I’m also less worried as to whether I complete the 2 hours at once, or in shorter bursts, so long as I have spent 2 hours writing.”
Good luck, Britt!
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Unstick yourself: Strategies for dealing with “feeling stuck” (Week 3 of AcWriMo)
Last week I wrote about how common it is for writers to experience, at one point or another, a sense of getting “stuck” in one’s writing. This week I share some strategies that emerged from my earlier research with doctoral students. If you’re stuck, I hope that something here spurs you onward! Don’t give...
Monday, November 19, 2018
Feeling stuck? Read this. (Week 2 of AcWriMo)
Last week I explored the use of metaphors as a tool for guiding how we orient ourselves and our research writing. This week is the first part of a two-part post on “feeling stuck”. Part 1 explores some experiences with feeling stuck, and Part 2 will outline some possible strategies for navigating stuckness. In...
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Metaphorically speaking (Week 1 of AcWriMo)
An AcWriMo blog post by Brittany Amell, third-year doctoral student in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. When you think about doing a literature review, what comes to mind? I’ll go first: I have parallel and simultaneous feelings of panic and satisfaction. I have a vision of running to—and from—stacks of books, rows...