November 3, 2014 by Claudia Scholz
Some of you may have heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an international challenge to write “a 50,000-word rough draft in the 30 days of November.”
Three years ago, academic leaders at PhD2Published and other blogs adapted this challenge for academic writers. Unlike NaNoWriMo, which sets a word target, AcWriMo encourages academic authors to set any kind of goal, in wordcount, hours written, or revisions made. It’s not just a time to write, but to think about writing, form support networks for writing and build new writing habits.
November is a tough month in academia, but it’s also a good time for drafting because it comes just before final exams and holidays when you’re forced to put your writing aside. If you draft an article (or grant proposal, book chapter…) in November, you can pick it up for revision and submission in January with fresh eyes.
What is your writing goal?
OSP will support AcWriMo by posting about academic writing every workday in November. Expect to see writing advice, procrastination killers, book reviews and comic relief.