Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Task, and Only a Task

Often, we make writing into more than it needs to be. When trying to complete an article or project, we should view it as a series of tasks, nothing more, nothing less.

Take the process of revising and resubmitting an article; too often scholars conflate feedback into all important, grand intellectual debates. That rarely helps; taking each point reviewers make and seeing each as a discrete task to complete, in a set amount of time, can be liberating.

Doing so can lead us to the insight that the difficulty with making revisions often lies within us. Our "stuff"- anxieties, fears, perfectionism, ect, makes the process far more difficult than it needs to be.

Break projects into discrete tasks. Set time limits, time limits that are far shorter than you normally would take. Write. Practice. Repeat. See what happens.

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