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October 18, 2011


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Not a prawf, but I play one on TV

I can never get anything substantive done during holidays. If I sit down and try, the daggers that my spouse shoots me while taking care of the multiple children are enough to make me close the laptop and pitch in.

Derek Black

I would agree that starting a writing project during December can be dangerous. But I have personally found that December can be a good time to continue and make substantial progress on papers that I have already started. For me, the key determinate is not the time of year, but whether I have finished grading papers. I think most of us hate grading. Nonetheless, we are loath to put other projects in front of it. The result can be that neither grading or writing gets done. But if I finish grading or simply tell myself I won't grade any papers between certain dates in December and January, then I can move on to writing without the thought of papers hanging over my head.


Why the hating on Slavic uncles?

Calvin Massey

The notion that Mondays are bad writing days is totally bogus.

Jacqueline Lipton

I suspect Lamott was being a little tongue-in-cheek here. In fact, I know she was because the rest of the book is very much in the same vein. And to be perfectly frank, this semester I do a lot of writing on Mondays because I'm teaching Wednesday through Friday for the first time in many years.

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