Guest blog on PhD2Published

As part of #AcWriMo I was invited to write a blog focused on collaborative writing. Having been involved in a few collaborative writing set ups this ended up being two blogs! The first of which has been published today. You can read my blog at http://www.phd2published.com/2012/11/13/collaborative-writing-groups-part-one-by-karen-strickland/ The second blog will be published on Wednesday and focusses on a collaborative writing group I am currently involved in.

What helps spur you on? do you have any writing buddies or groups you find help motivate you or do you prefer to write individually?

Here is a photo of some of the writers from the writing retreat.

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Academic Writing Month: My pledge

It’s the 1st of November and the start of academic writing month. Academic writing month or #AcWriMo was started last year as #AcBoWriMo and based on the Novel writing month. The idea is to make public declarations of writing targets for the month of November on the PhDtoPublished and “call in” with your progress at regular intervals via twitter using the #AcWriMo hastag or on the PhDtoPublished blog site.

I have made my declaration. I aim to write around 30,000 words, that’s 1000 per day (yes a qualitative researcher can do maths). It seems crazy but the camaraderie will keep me going I think. I plan to complete my findings chapter and draft up the discussion chapter of my thesis. I have lots of notes so my target should be achievable  But as I work full time it is a challenge so I have some annual leave planned to help.

There is also support available from Literature Review HQ in the form of some free webinars, but there will be peer support on twitter through using the hashtag. I know some of my #phdchat colleagues have also signed up for #AcWriMo so it should be a collegiate affair.

I guess I could do this writing myself in the usual way of a PhD student but I am looking forward to the experience of writing alongside others in the month of November. I will update my progress in this blog also (I wonder if that counts towards my word target?)

Fancy joining in? Why not have look at the PhDtoPublished blog?