I was about to post a round-up on another topic but the articles in my RSS reader this week reminded me of some more important news: AcWriMo has started!
Having completed several NaNoWriMo in the past, I’m all behind the concept of doing the same for academic writing. So let’s shine the spotlight on Academic Writing Month.
First things first, what is AcWriMo?
AcWriMo stands for Academic Writing Month and takes place every November.
As the hosts explain on PhD2Published: “The idea is that you set yourself an academic writing goal to achieve by the end of the month. Some people prefer to count words typed, others the time and effort they put in, or the number of projects completed. You sign up and then follow the hashtag on Twitter or check our Facebook page for tips, tricks advice and support from a community of thousands of academics.”
Jennifer gives us a tour of how the AcWriMo accountability spreadsheet works.
Reasons why you should participate to AcWriMo
“AcWriMo is another good opportunity for me to re-engage my tired brain and absent concentration within a supportive and non-judgemental writing community – both face to face and online.”
“By inspiring us to articulate specific goals (rather than just hoping to write more) and by nudging us to share those goals publicly (rather than keeping them quiet in case they don’t pan out), AcWriMo can change our experience of academic writing.”
“The bottom line is, #AcWriMo definitely gets a “yaaay” from me; it’s nice to know that you’re not alone in this and a bit of encouragement and new tips can only help.”
Get inspired by other people’s AcWriMo stories
“In one month, I submitted two manuscripts, two conference abstracts (with students), my self-report (pre-tenure reappointment application), and a teaching grant for my Health Psychology class. I also finished major revisions on a third manuscript and sent the draft to coauthors.”
“I’ve done #acwrimo in the past during my dissertating phase, so I know it works. […] This year I’ve set my #AcWriMo goals for November to wrap up a few writing and research projects.”
“Writing was/is the work of scholarship. Like housework, the writing is never completed. You can step back for a moment and enjoy a clean floor, a writing completion, but the work of cleaning/writing is ongoing. Writing is the work. It is not an add-on. it’s integral to being an academic. Choosing to be an ‘academic’ is choosing a writing life. And this means making regular time and space for it.”
Other writing events in November: DigiWriMo and NaNoWriMo
DigiWriMo stands for Digital Writing Month.
“DigiWriMo asks writers to be creative not just with their words, but also with other digital media —image, video, and sound — and with what those media can do.”
This year, the facilitators want to make the #DigiWriMo experience as inclusive as possible:
“This meant inviting diverse voices into center stage as guest contributors, and creating space for both visual and aural/oral expression as well as written; it meant even encouraging guest contributors to, if they chose, critique digital writing’s limitations and not only celebrate its affordances.”
On DigiWriMo and having writing champions.
NaNoWriMo (the original -WriMo) stands for National Novel Writing Month.
“If you are thinking about (or have already embarked upon) a graduate degree, then you know that at the end of the degree you must produce a rather lengthy document […]. I highly recommend taking a stab at National Novel Writing Month as a low-stakes and generally fun way of accustoming yourself to writing a significantly longer document.”
Are you participating in AcWriMo? Or one of the other -WriMos? Do you think it could help with your literature review? Tell us in the comments!