Friday, October 01, 2010
I wrote my dissertation with both of those things by writing early in the morning, late in the evening, and throughout most weekend days. It was painful, but temporary.
Probably not the ideal role model:
Ex-Dean Accused of Using Students as Servants
Many writers (especially of genre fiction) do not earn enough from their writing to support themselves. hence the "job jobs" many of them have. Along with the children, which are not typically "jobs," but as essential to their lives as your kids, DD, are to your life.
I'm not trying to minimize the strain all t his creates. But don't let it get you down, either.
There is, ironically, very good advice to faculty, published the same day on IHE. That advice, which applies equally to faculty at teaching intensive colleges with a publication requirement (e.g. regional comprehensives) or someone who would rather do research full time than write up the results for publication, is excellent.
I would put particular emphasis on scheduling your OPTIMAL writing time, but that might go hand in hand with the "write first, e-mail second" issue related to distractions. Don't waste those times when words and ideas flow by answering e-mail or working on your blog. For example, Chad also reduced his blogging while finishing his book.
Actually, writing has been easier the past 2 years because we now live walking distance from school, music lessons, gymnastics, etc....
This is my first visit to your blog and I really enjoy reading your thoughts.