Help yourself to a sample of Dame Eleanor’s Mervaylous Anti-Bugge Power-Writer Spray. I found the recipe in a fifteenth-century manuscript, had to guess a bit at the proportions, but if you’re having trouble with annoying buzzing from obnoxious voices telling you things about being lazy, not good enough, etc., or if you are visited by Saint Anthony’s Demons of Temptation suggesting that you should just spend ten minutes doing something else and then you will write better, squirt some of this on the little buggers. Both demons and disembodied voices just shrivel right up. You should be able to get at least half an hour’s worth of good writing work out of an application. Some people get more.
Here’s the roll call, with goals for this week. How did you do?
Write the fucken grant application.
Goal for the next week: finish revising the article, go through the style sheet item by item to see what applies, and apply it. Finish up some other ancillary tasks related to the article-in-revision. Come up with a game plan for juggling the P conference paper/article in progress and the J article in progress/conference paper over the next 12 weeks.
2 hours research/writing on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday; at least 15 minutes staying in touch with projects on Tuesday and Thursday. Finish conference paper. Make some sort of progress on the MMP.
Goal for next week: compile the various copies of the dissertation; get rid of duplicates, keep and clearly mark the newest editions of each chapter.
write 500 more words of “abst to article”
[no goal posted]
Goal: Cheer up. Read a methods chapter. Write one page.
Write at least two pages of brand-new chapter.
a) freewriting on those three ideas. If I can remember what they are which, right now, I can’t.
b) reverse-outline all the materials in the nice new folder
c) finish figure 1, run analyses for figure 3 of the paper with the MSc student.
d) Make up a story in which I am the heroine and I actually achieve my writing goals, but which also feels believable, and tell it to myself every day!
Goal for the next week. Complete the chapter draft, then start working on grant application for article research and writing.
Goal for next week – Again we’ll try for an hour of writing a day.
Four solid hours of work. Reorganize my paper according to my new outline.
Goal for the next week: therefore, my goal for the next week is: finishing the half of the rest of this work. No more procrastination, please. Daily 15 minute writing about anything – about my paper, or documents read recently, some future project and so on.
draft introduction and outline at least a bare bones argument for the paper
Finish 1 of the 3 outstanding items for the book and get at least 1/2 done on a second.
Continue with first goal [find time to figure stuff out] and see if I can make a final decision submitting to the conference (project #3.) I’d also like to begin reading the book I have for project one.
Goal for next week: finish revisions on chapter 1, which involves expanding one section from about 1 page to 3-4. Also, I need to write an application essay for an NEH Summer Seminar I want to do. I’ve started drafting, but it’s a giant mess.