I have several friends who participate in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, wherein writers make a pact to spit out 50,000 words in November, get-it-done style.

I JUST heard, via an old lindy hopping acquaintance, about AcWriMo. Academics are grabbing the idea for a similar binge-writing support group.

First semester phD student = I’m a bit of a newb for this, maybe. And I’m not sure it’s in the spirit of the thing if you’re mostly writing for assignments with solid due dates anyhow… but I DO need to get a lot of writing done by early December, and it’d be a most interesting and wondrous thing to have assignments done with editing time built in for once. I also need to get a lot of reading done, though, so I think I’ll aim for a modest (but ambitious for me!) 500-words-a-day average, making 15,000 words for the month.

Things I should write this month:

  1. Empirical article review, ordered at 2,500ish words for Policy Theory class.
  2. An annotated bibliography in progress — it was supposed to be a quick couple-week research assignment, but we got surprised by the volume of work being done in the area. Very much becoming my pet project, the thing I want to work on when burned out at everything else.
  3. Filling in the outline for a paper on undergraduate public administration program curricula (also a research assignment).
  4. Massive literature review for the Foundations of Public Administration class.

I suspect that’s sufficient to keep me busy, so allons-y?


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