Join in the global challenge to boost your academic writing this November. Check our website for resources, share your tips with researcher community, and start writing!
November is Academic Writing Month, an academic write-a-thon that happens every year, inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but catering to the specific needs of academic writers. Originally hosted by 'PhD2Published', the global academic community has now taken up the annual challenge to support each other to pledge their writing projects, record progress, and share thousands of writing tips via the #AcWriMo hashtag.
Celebrating the format of the very popular academic writing retreats (check out our online weekly retreats on Moodle here), we are now focusing on your academic writing.
The festival aims to provide protected time and space for writing to help you to:
- HABITS - develop good writing practices and strategies
- BLOCKS - overcome blocks and take proactive approach to writing
- PROTECT - set up routines to incorporate academic writing as part of the writing day
- SOCIAL - spend some time out writing with others
Protect your writing time: power hour
Our first tip is to start gently: build up to a habit of blocking one hour of your time, every day, for writing. You can buddy up or find a writing group - check our Writing Lab sessions on Moodle! Or join one of many Shut up and write! sessions.
- Dr Stephanie Zihms: how to start your power hour of writing (blog and 25 min seminar)
- The Writing Lab (shut-up and write and writing skills sessions)
- Writing retreat explained
Resources to guide you
There is an overwhelming wealth of resources on writing, and we will list here some that we found particularly useful. In the interest of space though we will be tweeting throughout November to flag some of the tips and tricks to keep you engaged. So, follow us on Twitter, and share your own suggestions with a hashtag: #AcWriMo
- How to stay motivated and efficient in your writing? Key tips in just over 5 minutes shared during WriteFest 2020. Access YouTube playlist.
- Want to hear from other researchers on their journey in academic writing? AcWriVox is a growing playlist of videos from University of Sheffield. Access AcWriVox on YouTube.
- Check out these podcasts on Digital Distraction and Writing Productivity
Want to write papers worthy of publication in Nature? Learn how!
Reserve time for Nature Masterclasses self-paced courses on:
- Scientific Writing and Publishing
- Narrative Tools for Researchers
- Persuasive Grant Writing
- ... and you may also feel ready to Focus on Peer Review.
Stay tuned for more tips and share your advice!