AWARENESS AND PRACTICE
This month we are focusing on instilling a practical and sustainable daily writing practice while becoming aware of what we want and need for us to thrive as whole human beings, not just as writers. This includes becoming aware of your resistance, understanding and prioritizing your bodily rhythms, tracking and journaling about your writing, and checking in with a partner. At the end of the month, we will reconvene to discuss each of your individual practices and devise a strategic plan to completion.
Write every day (with at least one or two days off a week) for at least 30 minutes and no longer than 4 hours. Track your writing and document your writing practice in the writing log. Comment on your partner's log at least once or twice weekly. This starts on Monday, August 4.
Create an ideal "unschedule" to help you create this daily schedule. It should account for all of your desired non-writing and work time during a generic week. Redesign this at the end of the month or as discover things during the month. Complete a first version of
this by Sunday, August 3.
You should check in with you partner at least weekly but ideally more often. You may want to write together once or more times per week, it's up to you. At a minimum, you should check the writing logs and leave comments at least onece or twice weekly, discuss what you're experiencing and keep each other motivated and accountable.
At the end of the month, look at your graph and log and summarize how your month went and then write about what you need and want for your writing process. Then re-design your "unschedule" based on what you've learned about yourself.
Checklist for meeting on Friday Sept 4, at 11:30 ET
Turn in to your writing folders before the meeting:
1.) updated Unschedule
2.) Reflection of your month's writing process based on your graph
3.) Include your 1-page dissertation outline updated with chapter %'s (the one you submitted with your application) and loose timeline to completion