In this guest post, Brenda Yang introduces us to a Daily Writing Challenge. Brenda and her colleagues developed this challenge as a way to hold one another accountable for their writing and turn writing into a daily habit rather than an occasional task. If you are like me, it is easy to save writing for "when there is time", when in reality, every day should have a block of time (be it small or large) dedicated to writing. I am excited to share Brenda's writing tool with you, and to start using it myself. Read more below to learn how the Daily Writing Challenge works, and find links to templates so you can start your own Daily Writing Challenge!
“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.” – Anthony Trollope
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Who is this for?
You are someone – a novice or not-so-novice professor, a post-doc, a graduate student – juggling commitments and projects. Some of those projects are critical to your professional goals, but have no formal deadlines. (Canonically, that’s writing up manuscripts for publication.)
As a result, you’ve been promising a deliverable to yourself or your collaborators for longer than you’d care to admit. Days, weeks, months pass. Progress is halting. When you do work on the project, that initial chunk of time is consistently spent reminding yourself where you were last, rather than making active progress. You might feel guilty about all of this. And you have a few colleagues, geographically near or far, who you know or suspect feel similarly.
Introducing the Daily Writing Challenge