Our Goals (and Yours!) for AcWriMo and NaNoWriMo
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 Fun With Writing Center StaffIn the academic community, many celebrate November as Academic Writing Month, commonly referred to as AcWriMo. AcWriMo was inspired by the longer-running National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and is all about dedicating time and energy to your academic writing with set goals that you share and celebrate with other writers and supporters. According to the PhD2Published announcement, AcWriMo has six rules for participating:
1. Decide on your goal.
2. Declare it!
3. Draft a strategy.
4. Discuss your progress.
5. Don't slack off.
6. Declare your results.
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|Amber: I'm not doing AcWriMo or NaNoWriMo this year, but I learned some useful writing strategies during my NaNoWriMo experience 2 years ago.|
|Anne: This is my first time taking part in AcWriMo. I've been working on an article around the WriteCast podcast, and my goal is to finish that draft.|
Kayla: My NaNoWriMo goal is just to make 50,000 words by the end of the month—and to develop a workable plot, which I don’t quite have right now. :)
As you progress through AcWriMo and NaNoWriMo, know that we are cheering you on! Here are some of our strategies:
- Setting goals—and publicizing those goals—can be scary. Check out Hillary's tips for overcoming writing fear and anxiety.
- Are you having trouble getting started on your goal? See our suggestions for procrastinators.
- Create a writing calendar for your dissertation, final project, novel, or other writing goal to keep yourself on track.