Wednesday, November 7, 2018
At the Chronicle of Higher Education, Rebecca Schurman identifies the worst writing advice in the world:
You must rise at some ungodly hour — 5 a.m., better yet make it 4 or 4:30 — and then force yourself to write for two or three hours. Maybe even four.
Her assessment of this advice:
It’s ridiculous advice. Academics who tell you with a straight face that they wake up every morning at 4, sit at their desk in scholarly rhapsody for hours, and then go do a full day’s work are not being truthful. And even if they are, they probably spend most of that time staring off into space and yawning. At any rate, they shouldn’t be bragging about tragically mismanaging their time and doing long-term damage to their health.
Her own advice:
Summon 25 minutes of laser focus on your work, one to three times during your work day.
Figure out what method works best for you and then employ it. We are all different, and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.
You can read more here.