Let's Get Ready to Write!

Let's Get Ready to Write!

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle

In preparing for our upcoming writing challenge, I decided to “dust off” a book that I have found very helpful in the past. The book is Becoming an Academic Writer – 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive and Powerful Writingby Patricia Goodson.  

One of the best things about this book is the very focused, guided tips to help you establish a writing habit and stick to it.  The author shares 50 specific exercises but I will share just a few, in no particular order, to help us be successful during the challenge.  

1. Schedule your sessions. Obviously! For this challenge we are aiming for 30 minutes a day so think about the best time of day to schedule time for writing. Once you have established your time, try to keep that same time every day. Put it on your calendar and keep your appointment with yourself!

2. One you start writing, just write. Spend your time focused on writing NOT editing. According to Goodson (2017), generating written content requires creativity whereas editing requires us to be analytical thus activating opposite mechanisms in the brain. In other words, it is not productive to do both. Perfection is not the goal here. Your focus for this challenge is to get words on paper.  

3. Read about writing. Goodson (2017) recommends that you find a book or blog about writing and read for a few minutes daily. She asserts that reading good writing is important to writing well. Look for things in your reading that you can immediately incorporate into your writing practice. 

I hope these few tips will be helpful during the challenge. Please share your thoughts and tips! If you decide to pick up the book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on that, as well.


Goodson, P. (2017). Becoming an Academic Writer – 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive and Powerful Writing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.




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