Week 1: Writing as Daily Practice
Objectives Weekly Activities
Homework (complete by Week 2)
- Meet your group and learn about each other’s reasons for joining and their goals.
- Discuss what writing is, does, and has been for you.
- Create group ground rules, including confidentiality.
- Discuss daily practice logs.
- Write every day (at least 30 minutes), use the timer, and complete a daily check-in.
- Begin the week with one of the following:
- Give yourself a pat on the back in the form of a quick written reflection on what you accomplished, no matter how small.
- After writing, treat yourself with a small reward (a 15-minute walk, a call with a friend, a cookie, etc.).
- Go to the NCFDD portal and watch Every Semester/Summer Needs A Plan (Webinar, 1:38).
- Respond to the following Guiding Questions:
- How would you like to feel at the middle/end of the quarter?
- How can you craft your quarter plan to ensure that you are not only accomplishing your professional goals but that you are doing so in a way that feels supportive (not burned out, stressed out, or overwhelmed)? In other words, what does work/life balance look like for you, and how can you craft a plan that reflects this?
- What kind of accountability will you seek out to help you stick with your plan (i.e., a writing group, a workout buddy, joining the FSP bootcamp, being more active with your Alumni group)?
- Post your plan in your WAG's shared folder to discuss with your group.
- Optional materials + modalities:
- "Metaphor as Navigation Device: A Conversation with Michelle Boyd." Oracles of Academia (Podcast, 37:05).
- Michelle Boyd, "How We Write: Understanding Scholarly Metaphor through Writing." Political Science, 45.4 (September 2012) (Article, 6 p.) https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049096512000832
- "Daily Writing for Scientists and Engineers." NCFDD (Webinar, 1:35:50)