“Write like there’s no December” with #AcWriMo

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Why not set a crazy writing goal this month? Everybody’s doing it

#AcWriMo is shorthand for Academic Writing Month. It comes from NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where everybody who feels like they have a novel inside them collectively promise to write their entire novel (typically 50,000 words) in a month. #AcWriMo is the academic equivalent.

So how does this help you?

Well it’s a unique opportunity to get a ton of support for your crazy goals from people all over the word. Not only that but the support comes from people who can actually empathise with your situation because they are doing the exact same thing. No matter if you are writing your thesis, papers, lit reviews – people share so much during #AcWriMo that you don’t have to feel alone. This generally means you can push yourself further. You can also learn a lot from people going through this process. People share the things that they have done and how they’ve done them. You can learn productivity and technical writing techniques.


How to make it happen

Taking part in #AcWriMo is simple, just set some crazy goals and tell people what they are, then tell people what you’ve done. In between all this you just have to do a shed load of writing. Probably a good idea if you plan a little as well ;)

Need Help?

If you need personal help with any writing problems I’ll be holding discounted drop-in sessions every week for the rest of November. Check out when the next one is here.

How do you interact with the #AcWriMo community?

Well a good place to start is Twitter. Simply use the #AcWriMo hashtag to converse with people going through the exact same thing. You can also leave comments at the bottom of the page or on PhD2Published (where I got the amazing quote for the title of this post), My Studious Life or The Thesis Whisperer. You can also form your own sub-groups, maybe within your institution or university.

So let’s get writing

I’ve publicly shared my goals here (I recommend you do the same). Basically I’ve got 3 papers I want to write by the end of the month. I’ve been putting it off somewhat over the last few months but NOW is the time to get it done. I’m committing to AT LEAST 2 hours of writing per day which is roughly 5 Pomodoros.


What are you going to do? Let me know in the comments :)

  • http://twitter.com/mofoluks Mofoluke

    Going to complete three papers I’ve been putting off for months

    • http://www.literaturereviewhq.com/ Ben

      Great, looks like we have the same goal. Good luck and let me know how it goes

      • http://twitter.com/mofoluks Mofoluke

        Thanks! Would do just that, I need all the support I can get. I’ve found your blog really helpful.

        • http://www.literaturereviewhq.com/ Ben

          I’m glad, that’s why it’s here :)

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  • NextScientist

    Drafts: Thesis intro, conclusions, summary, 1 paper.
    3 Blog Posts

    2 hours/day

    • http://www.literaturereviewhq.com/ Ben

      Awesome Julio! Good luck :)

  • krh…under pressure

    I have two papers and a conclusion for my thesis to write. I am inspired you are planning on three, maybe I can get this done.

    • http://www.literaturereviewhq.com/ Ben

      Good luck Kirrralie, I’m sure we’ll make it :)

  • Artgal

    I love this idea! I have taken part in both Nanowrimo and Script Frenzy in the past, these are awesome, but I didn’t sign up this year because of my thesis commitment.
    It’s amazing what you can do if you stop worrying and just write!

    • http://www.literaturereviewhq.com/ Ben

      That’s a great attitude to have. Good luck with the thesis writing