I’m not one to do resolutions normally as I don’t really believe in self-improvement, which makes me un-American, practically. But last year, I had a mini-breakthrough with resolutions. I resolved that I wasn’t going to fiddle with my phone looking at emails or texts when somebody was *actually there* talking to me, and I did it–and I stuck with it–because fiddling with your damn phone rather than paying attention is rude. I mean, the email will always sit there; time with a real person is valuable.
To wit, I’ll make some writing resolutions.
1. I am going to finish my conference paper 3 weeks before it’s due. Since I am only planning to attend ACSP this year, this should be manageable.
2. I am going to turn around revise and resubmits in a month or less.
3. I am turning off the Internet entirely when I write.
4. When critiquing my own drafts, I am going to write positive, constructive things instead of “this sounds deranged” and “where’s the argument?”
2 thoughts on “My New Year’s Writing Resolutions”
you really do #4? *that* sounds deranged. the others sound sensible
I’m likely to be very harsh in what I write on my own drafts. I’m not sure that’s constructive. When I review other people’s work, I’m more like to write “this is not clear” rather than the much snottier-sounding “this sounds deranged.” I think it’s better for my long-term willingness to revisit drafts to make the criticisms sound less harsh even if they amount to the same thing…
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