AcWriMo 2018: A month in review
Each November since 2011, academic writers from around the world have committed themselves to a month of forward progress in their personal academic writing efforts through an event known as AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month). To achieve greater levels of accountability and connectedness with other academics, many take to Twitter and other social media outlets to share their plans, challenges, accomplishments, and resources using the hashtag #AcWriMo.
While originally inspired by the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) concept, AcWriMo does not share the objective of completing a single project (i.e. a novel) in the 30 calendar days of November, but rather provides a means for focusing individuals on their own academic writing project(s) during that time. If you participated in AcWriMo 2018, we’d love to hear about your accomplishments in the comments below. If not, perhaps you can gain some inspiration from the documented efforts of others shared in this article.
This year TAA focused discussion and resources around the 5 W’s of Academic Writing in a series of weekly #AcWriChat TweetChat events.
Our friends at SAGE MethodSpace produced a series of blog articles looking at ways researchers develop a holistic publication strategy.
Primrose Language Editing in the UK shared ways to embrace AcWriMo kicking off the month with a post on setting a writing schedule, and adding other posts on joining a community and staying motivated throughout the month.
For some, AcWriMo was less about the resources and more about the word count.
If I share it I’ll have to do it… this month I am writing The First Paper from The Thesis. Current word count 7/7000 ? #AcWriMo #WRITEfestDerby
— VJ Barker (@britishrain) November 1, 2018
So I have a thesis to write so my goal for #AcWriMo2018 is to double the length of my thesis draft by writing 250 words per day (ish). Now time for today’s 250 words… #AcWriMo
— Annie Tajloro (@elesren) November 1, 2018
For others, it was about the development of a successful writing practice.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Day 1 of #AcWriFest18 Let’s focus on preparing to write. What are your writing targets in #AcWriMo -thesis chapters, corrections, articles, grant applications? Identify realistic goals
— Doctoral School (@SHDocSchool) November 1, 2018
So it’s #AcWriMo again. I have quite a long commute to work so have decided to make the most of this time for #AcWri. So my goals this month are to reinstate (again!) the practice of writing a bit everyday, and also to get this current paper submitted #GetYourManuscriptOut pic.twitter.com/KuYnQlAAMm
— Dr Liz Bates (@DrLizBates) November 1, 2018
Of course, the milestones along the way can be quite motivating (or at least worth the pause to celebrate).
#acwrimo2018 Stretch goal accomplished! Actually, I managed to do 6,010 words today! =D I seriously thought about going for 50,000 words but to be honest, I had enough. Next year I may go for an outcome-based goal (have a paper from beginning to end or such) #acwrimo pic.twitter.com/J1c4UUAQBb
— Bianca Pereira (@bianca_oli_per) November 30, 2018
My current working document just landed on 11111 words. I almost don’t want to write any more just to immortalize the word-odometer milestone. #AcWriMo
— Scott Graham (@easyrhetor) November 30, 2018
November ends and here there are my #AcWriMo figures: 10,000 words on rural politics ready for submission; 8,000+ on policies against social exclusion; and ~3,800 words on social innovation ?
— Diana E (@lachicadelDyane) November 30, 2018
Just because AcWriMo is over (until next November), doesn’t mean that your academic writing efforts should go on hold. We hope that you can find inspiration in the above accomplishments of other academic writers to move forward in your current projects and maintain a healthy, productive writing practice all year long.