Write Well in Less Time Joe Moxley Professor of English University of South Florida http://www.usf.edu/~writing. Help you enjoy writing and achieve your writing goals in less time. Workshop Goal.
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Professor of English
University of South Florida
A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them --William Stafford
Timely stopping is more difficult and important than starting. Without the skill of stopping on time, writers cannot become productive workers who enjoy writing. Why? If they cannot break the momentum of busily, urgently doing things that hold them in a trance-like state, writers cannot begin (or end) writing sessions on time. And if they cannot stop writing when they have done enough for the day, before diminishing returns set in, they make writing aversive and more difficult to resume on the next scheduled occasion. (--Robert Boice)
Structuring your time without being tense about it helps writers find additional time to work and play. And more. If you work with a sense of structured routine, with a present-orientation (cf dwelling on missed opportunities), with effective organization, and with persistence, you will be more likely to display higher self-esteem, better health, more optimism, and more efficient work habits. Without learning the language of time, you risk depression, psychological distress, anxiety, neuroticism, and physical symptoms of illness. Clearly, writers must learn to deal with time. (Robert Boice)
Log time spent researching and writing.
I started keeping a more detailed chart which also showed how many pages I had written by the end of every working day. I am not sure why I started keeping such records. I suspect that it was because as a freelance writer entirely on my own, without employer or deadline, I wanted to create disciplines for myself, ones that were quilt-making when ignored. A chart on the wall served me as such a discipline, its figures scolding me or encouraging me. (Irving Wallace)
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Establish a Reasonable Schedule:
Freewrite: Trust the generative process of writing. Keep perfectionist tendencies in check. (Remember: Fluency precedes correctness)
The positive force is the surprise of discovery. Writers are born at the moment they write what they do not expect. . . . They are hooked because the act of writing that, in the past, had revealed their ignorance, now reveals that they know more than they had thought they knew. -- Donald Murray.
6. Revise Your Work: Play the Doubting Game nature of languageRevise Your Work: Play the Doubting Game
Solicit as much criticism as possible. In a peculiar way, criticism looses its venom when taken in large dosages. And, of course, if you risk rejection on ten projects, sooner or later one of them will be accepted, thereby rescuing your pride!
Don’t Let Rejection Beat You nature of languageDon’t Let Rejection Beat You
Be realistic. Remember it’s much easier to criticize than invent. Every manuscript can be critiqued, even ones authored by major scholars and researchers.