acwrimo1-01November is nearly upon us and that means it’s nearly time for Academic Writing Month 2014!

For those completely new to “AcWriMo” it’s a month long writing event that academics all over the world can take part in. This event was created by @CharlotteFrost and is run with the help of a group of volunteers (including yours truly). For more detailed information, and to read about the history of this event, head over to PhD2Published blog (click HERE).

During #AcWriMo, this is what you do:

1. Decide on a writing-orientated goal. It should be challenging enough yet realistic in terms of what you think you can accomplish in a month’s time.

Some blog posts related to goal setting:

“Change is as good as a rest” by Rachael Cayley 

“Why I participate in AcWriMo” by Rellypops

2. Go public and declare your goal on the AcWriMo accountability spreadsheet found on this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xkLlO3GqTej52RccKqsHwhf6v4pF2yaRZvywY1KuNtM/edit#gid=0

3. Get organised. Create an action plan that will help you achieve your goal. This may involve scheduling your work day, having smaller goals or just a change of work space. Whatever your goal, get yourself a plan of action.

The following blog posts have some great advice on developing a writing strategy:

“Ladder 1: Rung 1” by Ellen C. Spaeth 

“Writing accountablility part 1” by Jennifer Lim 

4.  Keep accountable to others by updating your progress online and/or discussing with your friends (in person or on Twitter) how you’re doing. It’s important not to isolate yourself during this event because there’s loads of support available, but you need to ask and reach out to others.

Some useful blog posts on previous #AcWriMo experiences:

“#AcWriMo Peer Pressure: Time, Challenge/Support & Cheerleaders” by Laura Pasquini

“I did #AcWriMo 2013 and survived to tell the tale” by Elizabeth Lundberg 

“#AcWriMo – Writing ‘with’ a community” by Eljee Javier

New to AcWriMo – What are you reservations? Back for more – what would you do differently? Feel free to comment below. 

Photo courtesy of flickr creative commons user woodleywonderworks

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