So, by now people should be past the initial obstacles and well into writing. Many of you were talking about getting that "down draft" – that is, just getting some words on the page. If you're still doing that, great. Keep moving forward until you have something to start shaping. Others started with the first draft already done (as a draft, or as a conference paper, or some other thing) and were outlining and thinking of the work in terms of small, discrete ideas to flesh out, one at a time. Whatever you're doing to keep yourself moving forward, keep it up, and don't forget to celebrate your accomplishments along the way – and announce them to the group, so we can celebrate them, too!
Today, we'll do the usual report-and-plan. That is, tell the group what you've accomplished (maybe in terms of the goals you set for yourself last week?) and what you plan to do over the next week. I'm adding a new feature on the updated roster (below), reminding you of the goal you set for yourself last week. Confronting our own selves can be a good reality check (are you setting goals too high? too low?) and a powerful motivator. And if you're on the "awaiting report" list, well… we're awaiting your report. Let us know what you're up to!
One other thing that I thought we'd do this week: Over the past couple of weeks, several of you mentioned various productivity tools you've used. If you've recently started using something that is really working well for you on this project, let us know about it. Suggestions for writing guides that have worked for you are also welcome. Come Monday or Tuesday, I'll compile and post the suggestions, each with a short blurb from the person(s) who recommended them.
One last note: this week's travels have me out of internet range on the weekends. So this weekend I won't be chiming in until Monday. ADM will likely be checking in as she's home between conferences (ramblin' gal that she is), but you'll be supporting each others' efforts, so do pop back once or twice over the weekend to read each others' comments and offer advice and support. [UPDATE: looks like I'll be able to check in once in the wee hours of Saturday morning]
Happy writing, all – and see you Monday, and again next Friday for week four at ADM's place!
updated roster, with goals:
- ABDMama [Draft of an article MS]: get through the primary sources and articles and locate ones that are needed; continue writing reading summaries
- ADM [conference paper for Leeds; revision of paper after]: organizing some stuff for the Leeds paper, including ordering books to be waiting in the BL
- Bardiac [Review-ready article MS]: go through previous draft comments from friends; organize revision
- Dame Eleanor [Revising a conference paper into article MS]: keep daily writing; also get conference paper finished
- Digger [drafts of two book chapters]: get the rest of the data into, and a quick edit of, the typology/dating chapter
- Dr. Koshary [Review-ready article MS]: excused absence for trans-global move [!!]
- Eileen [First draft of a dissertation chapter]: get primary sources for this chapter lined up; write up trends in quantitative data; continue 500 words/day
- Erika [Review-ready draft of an article MS]: excused absence for fancy summer seminar
- Firstmute [draft of the final dissertation chapter]: Add 5,000 words to draft
- Frog Princess [Review-ready draft of completed dissertation]: tackle three major sections of the introduction, and get all sections of my final chapter in order, ready for the final rewrite.
- Gillian [an article that needs writing]: no declared goal for this week
- Godiva [First draft of diss. chap.]: organize information about one collection of sources; continue freewriting ideas about individual sources
- Historydoll [Convert dissertation chapter into an article]: freewrite on the topic every day, to reread the chapter in question, and to write at least 1,000 words of zero draft.
- J. Otto Pohl [Complete draft of 2/3-finished book MS]: no declared goal for this week
- Jason [First draft of a dissertation chapter]: 5 days of free(ish)-writing; (2) subdividing of outline into individual projects
- Jeff [Review-ready draft of completed dissertation]: on vay-cay, but try to put in an hour or two a day of writing [ed. note: time off is part of the process, my friend]
- Jen [Revising conference paper into article MS]: finish writing the first section of my article
- Kim [???]: Write an abstract?
- Kit [First draft of a dissertation chapter]: flesh out the chapter outline and pull relevant literature
- Matilda [Draft of a publishable paper]: revise draft article around my argument
- Mel [???]:write the materials and methods and results sections for the next chapter
- Ms McD [Revising a conference paper into an article MS]: revise and add to next section of article
- My Museology [redraft three dissertation chapters]: complete redrafting chapter 1
- NWGirl [Revising a conference paper into an article MS]: complete a draft of one section of the paper; short archives trek [ed. note: yay, archives!!!]
- Ro [MS revision (article?)]: read a group of newly available archival sources [ed. suggestion: Do some summarizing/where-does-this-fit writing as you read. That way, you're getting words on the page.]
- Sapience [diss chapter]: no declared goal for this week; end-of month goal = first draft
- Sara [Revision of research exam]: start daily writing; get a better handle on organization of draft
- Scatterwriter [Complete expansion/revision of an article MS]: fully write up ideas on new concept from last week
- Susan [Revise & polish two chapters of a book MS]: finish first revision of first chapter?
- Tigs [Completed diss draft]: have all parts of ch 2 in one doc; have a clear plan for revision
- Travelia [Write two conference papers]: complete a "decent" draft of conf. paper #1, and draft a plan for expansion/revision into article at a later date
- What Now [Polished book proposal]: write 3,000 words for current book chapter [ed. query: so is getting a down draft of most of the book part of the work you're doing to be able to write the proposal?]
- Zabeel [Draft first two sections of new article]: no declared goal for this week
- Zcat abroad [write two articles]: detour/excused absence to finish Leeds paper
- Anastasia: a book chapter to write for an edited volume*
- Audie: working on transitioning a dissertation chapter to an article*
- Avery: Draft of an article MS**
- Caleb Woodbridge: MA thesis**
- Cly: redraft three dissertation chapters*
- Scholastic Mama: Revising a conference paper into an article MS**
- theswain: editing & rewriting; produce new reviews/summaries for New Year's work*