Two articles that make a great deal of sense. First, an argument that the best leader of a university valuing research is a successful researcher. That might seem obvious, but the connection often eludes search committees.
Second, a helpful blog post by Peg Boyle Single about getting a dissertation done via writing as a daily practice. Although I realize I write too much, and clearly do not suffer from the hesitations perfectionism instills, the piece underscores some practices that have been essential to my own craft:
- get a sufficient amount of sleep (exercise helps a great deal)
- write in the morning, before the brain soaks up the minutiae of the day and the innovative connections that make for compelling argument are difficult to form
- write every single day, even when the words don't want to arrive. Better to delete later than to have created nothing.
How about you? How do you get writing done?