Episode #183

Two Writing Practice Extremes And Why They Don’t Work

Extreme writing practices can sound appealing. But unfortunately, they don’t work! The two most common extreme writing practices academics struggle with are:

  • Writing everyday
  • Binge writing

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In today’s episode, I discuss the flaws in following extreme writing practices and share an alternative method that will help you improve your relationship with writing, unclog your publication pipeline, and avoid burnout.

 

If you are an academic struggling to stick to a daily commitment to write or are overwhelmed with a list of unfinished publications, this episode is for you! There is a better way to write. Tune in to learn how!

 

Extreme Writing Practice #1: Write Everyday

The “write everyday method” is not an actual writing practice. It’s not about developing a profound and positive relationship with your writing. Instead, this “method” is all about frequency and commitment. Writing every day is built on the motivation of the streak. It is not resilient, so it is hard to get back into writing when you eventually stop. 

 

Creative writers are encouraged to write daily, but scholarly writing is different. When you are working creatively, everything comes from your head. Comparatively, academics need time to research and organize data as part of their writing method. As a result, creating a goal of writing every day is not sustainable and will not help keep your pipeline flowing. 

Extreme Writing Practice #2: Binge Writing

If you need to catch up on publications, it is really tempting to go into overdrive and binge-write an article. However, on the other side of that writing marathon is burnout. Binge writing as a writing practice does not work for these reasons:

  • You never hone writing project management skills
  • The bust cycle is inevitable

Sustainable Relationship-Based Writing Practice

Extreme writing practices are unsustainable and doomed to fail. I want to share the alternative: a sustainable relationship-based writing practice. The core of your writing practice should be focused on creating a positive relationship with your writing. If you are ready to learn how to do this, please sign up for the Navigate waitlist! This professional development program for academics is specifically designed to improve your relationship with writing, unclog your publication pipeline, and optimize working hours. 

 

Scholarly writing is not moved forward simply by putting words on a page or simply by saying that you’re going to write every day because you need to select an artifact or you need to read a source – I consider those things writing but the people who write everyday for a certain number of words do not usually count those things as writing. So as an academic you’re writing practice needs to be deeper than just doing it every day.”

 

Extreme writing methods sound logical. Maybe you have been binge writing because you might not know that there’s another way because that’s the way you’ve been doing it for so long. The only writing time you had was on the weekends or on the holiday break and so that’s the only way you’ve been able to make it work so far. And while you might be moving forward, at some point both of these writing practices are going to break down. Instead you need to create a sustainable relationship-based writing practice.”

 

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