Topic as Process

Finding a topic for today’s post was a bit of a challenge. I looked back through the suggestions on the Daily Post Blog, and none really inspired me. I looked at a list of blog ideas I made while my brain was really churning a week ago. None of those grabbed me, either.

Some of the ideas on that list were ones that I would consider more appropriate for my more “professional” blog. Which, by the way, I have been neglecting whilst I have been doing this daily fifteen minutes and working on a paper that has an external deadline.

The fifteen minutes has been working for me as a warmup. Except for yesterday, when I took a break from the paper. That break was actually part of the writing process rather than an interruption of it, if that’s possible. I had shifted the prose from Scrivener to Word the day before, and instinctively I felt the need for a fallow day. On that writing project my task today will be another read-through for focus and a conclusion. If there is time, I will complete the citations. My goal is to send the paper off no later than Monday.

One question that arises for me now that I have more than one blog is about writing as multitasking. How many projects can I keep going at once? A lot of the advice about productive academic writing–and perhaps productive writing, period–is that it’s a good idea to have many projects going at once.

Time. More tomorrow.

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2 Responses to Topic as Process

  1. knotrune says:

    I like that advice about it being good to have many projects. It’s the first time I’ve come across that one. I’d have assumed that too many is just confusing and A Bad Thing. I do like to be able to shift subjects if I’m uninspired, it does seem to help. It might come in useful to defend my somewhat crazy decision to blog every day with my upgrade deadline looming! My supervisor is pro-blog, but I am worried it’s taking too much of my attention…

    • I always think about John Muir’s desk, which is on permanent display in the lobby of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. He constructed it as a standing desk to keep him awake while reading (smart guy!). And he made it with four bookstands and a mechanism (wooden cogs) that rotated the bookstands. I think he even included a timer. Early multi-tasking, you say?

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