What on earth could this be about?
For those of us who do academic writing, the summer often presents a difficult time. Without our schedules including teaching, student, and administrative work, it can be hard to create the structure we need to get our writing done.
Poor us . . . we have days that go on and on without anyone but ourselves to manage them.
There are many ways around this, but I’ll just suggest one.
This summer, Michelle Dionne Thompson Coaching and Consulting kicks off the Write For 15 minutes campaign. If you are having a difficult time setting aside distinct periods where you will start to write, start small.
Start with writing for 15 minutes per day. Period.
Why you ask?
- It’s such small amount of time, it’s hard to let social media distract you!
- It’s enough time that if you have a juicy thought, you can bang SOMETHING out about it.
- It’s enough time to short circuit any tendencies towards perfectionism.
- If you start for 15 minutes with a juicy idea, you may actually sit down and write for longer because you’re on a roll.
So stop tormenting yourself with writing for 4 hours in a row. Start with 15 minutes. Set a timer on your watch or your phone (in airplane mode so you’re not distracted), get your work out, and see what happens. We’ll do this campaign until August 15 . . . because you know what happens then . . .
I would love to hear how this goes for you in the comments.