One of the best ways to make consistent progress on a long writing project is to form a writing group with a couple of your colleagues. Writing groups keep you productive by allowing you to establish dedlines, and they get you out of the house (and out of your head) on a regular basis. Which is always a good thing.
Looking for a Writing Group?
Fill out the Writing Group Questionnaire below and take a look at what your colleagues are doing (and where they are in the writing process) in the Writers and Projects link. Then send an e-mail or two and find a couple of people for your group.
I will meet with you and your group the first time you get together (either face-to-face or virtually) and help you figure out guidelines and even pick a team name.
Guidelines for Writing Groups
There is no one "right" way to organize a writing group. But there are a couple of things you can keep in mind to make yours more successful.
- Have fun with your group.
- Create a schedule. Have one member of your group be responsible for producing pages each week or month (whatever works for you) and sharing them with the others.
- Give honest and thorough feedback on drafts.
- Set up some sort of rewards system. My graduate school writing group would buy beer for the person who produced pages if they met their goal.
- Try to meet in person to discuss your pages. It's easier to do things remotely, but in person is much more enjoyable.