aims to build the ACW community by sharing the experiences of academic writers.
Sep 12, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
In the eight months I've been writing and working on this blog series, I've learned some important lessons about myself as an academic writer.
Sep 05, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
After many laborious revisions of the introduction to my dissertation-to-book, it was time to write the book proposal for the editor who had expressed intereret in my project.
Aug 23, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
I struggle with the hard work of improving my own writing. I want to be done and move on to the next thing.
Aug 17, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
I'm looking forward to beginning the academic year because I will have structure and routine again in my life.
Jul 02, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Working with my coach, I have developed a vision for the final manuscript to help me focus and decide what stays, what goes, and what gets revised.
Jun 25, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
I am requesting an extension for my book submission and shifting my writing focus for the summer, to achieve some balance in my life.
Jun 13, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
To sustain my productivity for the long term, I need to reach out and connect with a larger community of writers to share my experience.
Jun 05, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Faced with the challenge of meeting an October 1 book deadline, I will start writing by 9:00 am and spend two hours in the Writing Room everyday.
May 28, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Rebooting is important. Summer is upon us, and it's time to reprioritize, to recommit, and to establish new or re-establish old routines.
May 21, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Now that the semester is over, I find myself wanting to go back to the research, go back to the books, and go back to the writing.
Apr 29, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
When I picked up Laferrière’s novel, I didn't realize where the journey would lead. After ten years, I continue to search for the "deeper truth" of his work.
Apr 19, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Should we write the book we want to write or the book we think people will publish, buy, and read?
Apr 17, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
I continue to struggle with how aware I should be of my audience and their expectations versus writing the book I want to write about Laferrière’s work.
Apr 03, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
One of the areas that I wanted to focus on during my coaching sessions was figuring out how to meaningfully revise my own work.
Mar 28, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
The deeper meanings of Laferrière’s imaginary trips to Japan and the importance of the Haiku serve as the foundation for revising my prior writings for my book.
Mar 26, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Now that I've put together a good writing routine and silenced my negative inner voices, allow me to introduce my book and what it's about.
Feb 27, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
I'm nearing the halfway point in my 12-week coaching experience. It's nice to look back and see how far I've come in a short time.
Feb 20, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Creating a weekly schedule is proving to be a valuable tool to help me achieve work-life balance, providing time to write and to take care of myself.
Feb 15, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
I became unstuck when I gave myself permission to be authentic in my purpose and voice while writing this book.
Feb 13, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Working with my coach and writing daily in the Writing Room have kept me focused not only on my writing, but on my writing practice as well.
Feb 06, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
I am setting aside an hour a day to connect with my project, and I am drafting and outlining to ensure that I stay on topic.
Jan 31, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Accepting that I am not a failure has lead to a powerful shift in thinking that will help me advance my writing and focus on my priorities.
Jan 29, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
I am beginning to see the time I set aside to write as sacred time that I will guard and keep for myself and my written words.
Jan 22, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Working with a coach makes a difference in the way I think about writing, especially my planning and time-management skills.
Jan 09, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Among the first things I received from my Academic Coach were a series of questions that challenged me to think about my personal and professional identities.
Jan 02, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette
My intention is to find what I want to focus my efforts and energies on. I spread myself a bit too thin last year.
Dec 18, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette
By making writing more social, you provide yourself accountability, motivation, and the opportunity to break the silence around your negative feelings about writing.
Dec 11, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette
By remaining silent about your struggles, you may develop negative attitudes towards writing.
Dec 04, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Without someone placing due dates in front of you, it is difficult to motivate yourself to sit down to do the writing that you need to do.
Nov 29, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette
Challenges I face are setting aside regular writing times, overcoming the feeling that I need to read "everything" before I start writing, and avoiding perfectionist tendencies.
Nov 27, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette
I will be blogging about the challenges facing academic writers and my experience with the ACW Virtual Writing Room and Academic Coaching Services.
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