"How to Get Writing Done" (post) outlines seven practical "suggestions for increasing your productivity and working toward seeing your work in print" -- each more fully elaborated in the article.
1. "Give yourself a research day and hold fast to it."
- "If you are in a position where publications are required for tenure, ... research is an important part of your job."
- "Saying that you can’t be available for, or even be part of, certain meetings or committees is not a shirking of job responsibilities, but a way of juggling responsibilities to ensure all are met."
2. "Open up the laptop."
- "[J]ust open up your laptop once a day ... and start writing."
- "Even writers who close their laptops after hitting their daily 500 words will, over a period of only 10 days, have 5,000 words written, which is the meat and potatoes of an article draft."
- "Take it on in small doses and commit to it: consistently sticking to simple goals will quickly add up."
3. "Keep the writing process going."
- "Don't leave your writing behind after you do your daily 500 words (or one hour, or two pages, or whatever commitment you make to yourself)."
- "Engage with thoughts and ideas as they pop into your head throughout the day: in the grocery line, in the shower, while watching television and so on."
- "Sometimes stepping away from the screen allows us to think through things from different angles."
4. "Find a potential venue for your work."
- "Locating a journal that will potentially publish something you’re working on can help you to prioritize certain projects over others, push you to finish a piece, and force you to set reasonable time frames and length limitations on your work."
- "Suddenly, you have both a concrete deadline and a set word count to work with."
5. "Consider the type of writing you are doing and what counts most for tenure."
- "[F]ocus most of [your] time on turning [your] work into publishable peer-reviewed articles -- which will carry the most weight when [you] go up for tenure."
- "[E]nsure that any material [you] present at a conference is something [you] can develop into a publishable piece in the immediate future, rather than leaving it to lapse as a talk that never becomes an article."
6. "Connect the classroom to the research."
- "At some institutions, scholarship on teaching and learning is valued and can be counted toward tenure like any other publication."
- "Find out how such scholarship is viewed at your institution and whether it can be counted toward the publications you need for tenure and promotion."
- "Capitalizing on opportunities to write about what is happening in your classroom is a way of killing two birds with one stone -- instead of feeling as if teaching limits the amount of time you have to spend on research, consider how the classroom can become a space for conducting research and producing scholarship."
7. "Remember how long the process takes and that the clock is always ticking."
- "[T]he process of publishing something can be a very lengthy one, often much longer than one might anticipate or hope for."
- "[I]n revise-and-resubmit cases, the entire process from initial submission to publication could be as long as two to three years."
- "Use your knowledge of how the long the publishing process can take as a source of motivation, even in your early years on the tenure track."