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XXXI. An Academic, Writing: Ending the Blog Series

Sep 12, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

In the eight months I've been writing and working on this blog series, I've learned some important lessons about myself as an academic writer.

XXX. An Academic, Writing: Preparing the Book Proposal

Sep 05, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

After many laborious revisions of the introduction to my dissertation-to-book, it was time to write the book proposal for the editor who had expressed intereret in my project.

XXIX. An Academic, Writing: Editing, Revising, and Struggling with the Process

Aug 23, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

I struggle with the hard work of improving my own writing. I want to be done and move on to the next thing.

XXVIII. An Academic, Writing: Acknowledging Summer Woes

Aug 17, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

I'm looking forward to beginning the academic year because I will have structure and routine again in my life.

XXVII. An Academic, Writing: Turning My Dissertation into a Book

Jul 02, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Working with my coach, I have developed a vision for the final manuscript to help me focus and decide what stays, what goes, and what gets revised.

XXVI. An Academic, Writing: Reassessing My Goals

Jun 25, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

I am requesting an extension for my book submission and shifting my writing focus for the summer, to achieve some balance in my life. 

XXV. An Academic, Writing: Building Writing Communities

Jun 13, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

To sustain my productivity for the long term, I need to reach out and connect with a larger community of writers to share my experience.

XXIV. An Academic, Writing: Setting the Schedule

Jun 05, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Faced with the challenge of meeting an October 1 book deadline, I will start writing by 9:00 am and spend two hours in the Writing Room everyday. 

XXIII. An Academic, Writing: Rebooting and Restarting

May 28, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Rebooting is important. Summer is upon us, and it's time to reprioritize, to recommit, and to establish new or re-establish old routines.

XXII. An Academic, Writing: Pressing Pause

May 21, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Now that the semester is over, I find myself wanting to go back to the research, go back to the books, and go back to the writing.

XXI. An Academic, Writing: Wandering Over Space and Time

Apr 29, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

When I picked up Laferrière’s novel, I didn't realize where the journey would lead. After ten years, I continue to search for the "deeper truth" of his work.

XX. An Academic, Writing: Are We Writing for Our Critics?

Apr 19, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Should we write the book we want to write or the book we think people will publish, buy, and read?

XIX. An Academic, Writing: Thinking About Audience Expectations and Reception

Apr 17, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

I continue to struggle with how aware I should be of my audience and their expectations versus writing the book I want to write about Laferrière’s work.

XVIII. An Academic, Writing: Learning to Revise

Apr 03, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

One of the areas that I wanted to focus on during my coaching sessions was figuring out how to meaningfully revise my own work.

XVII. An Academic, Writing: Adapting, Adopting, Revising

Mar 28, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

The deeper meanings of Laferrière’s imaginary trips to Japan and the importance of the Haiku serve as the foundation for revising my prior writings for my book.

XVI. An Academic, Writing: Introducing My Book

Mar 26, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Now that I've put together a good writing routine and silenced my negative inner voices, allow me to introduce my book and what it's about.

XV. An Academic, Writing: Celebrating My Academic Coaching and Writing Achievements

Feb 27, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

I'm nearing the halfway point in my 12-week coaching experience.  It's nice to look back and see how far I've come in a short time.

XIV. An Academic, Writing: Creating Work-Life Balance

Feb 20, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Creating a weekly schedule is proving to be a valuable tool to help me achieve work-life balance, providing time to write and to take care of myself.

XIII. An Academic, Writing: Writing in an Authentic Voice

Feb 15, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

I became unstuck when I gave myself permission to be authentic in my purpose and voice while writing this book.

XII. An Academic, Writing: Engaging in the Virtual Writing Room

Feb 13, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Working with my coach and writing daily in the Writing Room have kept me focused not only on my writing, but on my writing practice as well.

XI. An Academic, Writing: Breaking the Binge Writing Habit

Feb 06, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

I am setting aside an hour a day to connect with my project, and I am drafting and outlining to ensure that I stay on topic.

X. An Academic, Writing: Confronting the Fear of Failure

Jan 31, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Accepting that I am not a failure has lead to a powerful shift in thinking that will help me advance my writing and focus on my priorities.

IX. An Academic, Writing: Creating Sacred Writing Time

Jan 29, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

I am beginning to see the time I set aside to write as sacred time that I will guard and keep for myself and my written words.

VIII. An Academic, Writing: Planning and Time Management

Jan 22, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Working with a coach makes a difference in the way I think about writing, especially my planning and time-management skills.

VII. An Academic, Writing: Probing Coaching Questions

Jan 09, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Among the first things I received from my Academic Coach were a series of questions that challenged me to think about my personal and professional identities.

VI. An Academic, Writing: New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 02, 2013 Lee Skallerup Bessette

My intention is to find what I want to focus my efforts and energies on. I spread myself a bit too thin last year.

V. An Academic, Writing: Overcoming Isolation

Dec 18, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette

By making writing more social, you provide yourself accountability, motivation, and the opportunity to break the silence around your negative feelings about writing.

IV. An Academic, Writing: Breaking the Silence About Academic Writing

Dec 11, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette

 By remaining silent about your struggles, you may develop negative attitudes towards writing.

III. An Academic, Writing: Staying Motivated

Dec 04, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Without someone placing due dates in front of you, it is difficult to motivate yourself to sit down to do the writing that you need to do.

II. An Academic, Writing: Finding Time to Write

Nov 29, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette

Challenges I face are setting aside regular writing times, overcoming the feeling that I need to read "everything" before I start writing, and avoiding perfectionist tendencies.

I. An Academic, Writing: Introducing ACW Guest Blogger

Nov 27, 2012 Lee Skallerup Bessette

I will be blogging about the challenges facing academic writers and my experience with the ACW Virtual Writing Room and Academic Coaching Services.

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