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The Time, the Place and the “Rhythms and Rituals” in Our Academic Writing
Spring 2018 #RxWritingChallenge
The Spring 2018 Theme
In her new book, Air & Light & Time & Space, Helen Sword proposes the BASE model (http://writersdiet.com/aboutthebase.php) to support academic writing.
Behavioral Habits: Successful writers carve out time and space for their writing in a striking variety of ways, but they all do it somehow.
Key Habits of Mind: persistence, determination, passion, pragmatism, “grit”.
Artisanal Habits: Successful writers recognize writing as an artisanal activity that requires ongoing learning, development, and skill.
Key habits of mind: creativity, craft, artistry, patience, practice, perfectionism [but not too much!], a passion for lifelong learning.
Social Habits: Successful writers seldom work entirely in isolation; even in traditionally “sole author” disciplines, they typically rely on other people – colleagues, friends, family, editors, reviewers, audiences, students – to provide them with support and feedback.
Key Habits of Mind: collegiality, collaboration, generosity, openness to both criticism and praise.
Emotional Habits: Successful writers cultivate modes of thinking that emphasize pleasure, challenge, and growth.
Key habits of mind: positivity, enjoyment, satisfaction, risk taking, resilience, luck.
The Spring 2018 #RxWritingChallenge will focus on the Behavioral Habits. Subsequent writing challenges (offered twice/year) will focus on Artisanal, Social and Emotional Habits.