AcBoWriMo or WrEvDaDaMo?
It’s day 12 of AcBoWriMo and if you’ve followed along, you’ll notice the progress bar over there is sloooooowly inching toward my goal — “picometering” is more like it. While I have steadily worked on my diss, I have not written much content. In the first days I wrote up a storm, then I found research holes and my writing is in a holding pattern while I research.
Maybe I should think of this as WrEvDaDaMo, that is, Write Every Damn Day Month. I like what Martin Eve had to say about AcBoWriMo. As a person on the receiving end of the rush to finish from my dissertation advisor, the whole finish a book/dissertation by the end of the month holds the potential to feed into that cycle of speed for the sake of speed in doctoral research. He offers a sound critique of the costs and benefits of AcBoWriMo, namely that non scholars (say, school administrators) will look at the results of AcBoWriMo and think that it must be easy to write good scholarly research in a short amount of time, leaving the slower writers out of the running for fellowships, book contracts, and well, jobs.
But I enjoy having to write every day, because to finish the dissertation in any sort of reasonable timeline (not 15 years) I should write every day. Martin also mentioned in the comments that he limits his writing to 600 words per day. Maybe I’ll give that a try.