Writing group, Week Two
Hi all — welcome to week two! I’ve used executive privilege to add two new people, Cly and theswain, and added the names of a couple of people who asked to be in before the first week. However, the group is now closed till next session, unless Notorious overrules me! Last week, I asked Notorious to post this:
Lots of people started out making less progress than perhaps they had planned, for all sorts of good reasons. But we all know that those good reasons still eat into our time, and can often mean a sense of failure that affects getting the writing done. For next week, let’s not only post our goals, but also think about one or two small things that, even if life starts getting in the way, we can get done to move the project forward. It could be reviewing a couple of articles, or drafting an outline, or even just freewriting 500 words you think you’ll have to dump — but it should be something you can point to and say, “I did this thing.”
So, what are/were your small goals (or baby steps) for this last week? What did you get done? For those of you who are juggling many things, was it helpful to log even the small things?
My week was incredibly busy. I was away scoring AP exams from 8-5 every day. But I managed to write another 750 words on my paper for Berks (which I am now cutting down and practicing for tomorrow!), and did some reading and note-taking (a good article by Rachel Stone: “Bound from Either Side’: The Limits of Power in Carolingian Marriage Disputes, 840–870”) for the Leeds paper. Next week, I am planning to review the research I’ve already done on the paper and draw up plan for what I need to do and order books to be waiting for me at the BL when I get there on the 21st.
In the meantime, I have to say that I used Scrivener for my Berks paper, and LOVED it. It allows one to write in little chunks, which sometimes suits my schedule. I’m also still playing with Sente, and it’s wonderful in its way, although sadly, it has some things that zotero doesn’t, but zotero allows one to tag individual notes, which I think makes it better. Next thing this coming week is to see if I can get the standalone zotero to work on my macbook. I’m looking for something I can integrate with an iPad, and so far Sente is the only thing that does. BUT … if I could use Sente and export to zotero, I could get all the functionality I want.
I will be adding links to everyone’s profile as I get the chance don’t forget you can click on people’s names in comments to link to profiles/blogs!)
- Sapience: a first draft and a revised draft of the current dissertation chapter
- Dame Eleanor: Revising a conference paper into an article MS
- NWGirl: Same thing.
- ADM: a conference paper for Leeds
- ABDMama: Draft of an article MS
- Dr. Koshary: Review-ready article MS
- Sara: Revision of her research exam
- What Now: Polished book proposal
- Avery: Draft of an article MS
- Jason: First draft of a dissertation chapter
- J. Otto Pohl: Complete a draft of a two-thirds finished book MS
- Jeff: Review-ready draft of his completed dissertation
- Frog Princess: Same thing
- Erika: Review-ready draft of an article MS (taken from the dissertation)
- Godiva: First draft of a dissertation chapter
- Kit: Same thing
- Eileen: Same thing, too!
- Bardiac: Review-ready article MS (revision of a draft paper)
- Scholastic Mama: Revising a conference paper into an article MS
- Jen: same thing
- Tigs: Completed dissertation draft
- Digger: drafts of two book chapters (one already underway)
- Zcat abroad: write two articles [??] [is this from scratch, or two revisions? Seems like a lot for 12 weeks; just sayin’]
- Caleb Woodbridge: MA thesis
- Matilda: Draft of one paper [for a conference? or for publication?]
- Zabeel: Draft of the first two (of four) sections of a from-scratch article.
- Ro: first draft of an essay for an collected volume (mid-summer)
- Firstmute: draft of the final [ed. note: YAY!!!] dissertation chapter
- Scatterwriter: Complete expansion/revision of an article MS.
- Susan: Revise & polish two chapters of a book MS
- Travelia: Write two conference papers (possibly more later in the summer)
- Ms McD: Revising a conference paper into an article MS
- Gillian: an article that needs writing.
- Audie: working on transitioning a dissertation chapter to an article!
- Anastasia: a book chapter to write for an edited volume.
- My Museology: redraft three dissertation chapters.
- Cly: redraft three of my dissertation chapters.
- theswain: lots of editing and rewriting of what I’ve already written. New stuff — trying to produce reviews/summaries for Year’s Work in OE Studies.