Day 3: What is the object of affection at the center of your project?

This post is from the 30-day reflective writing series I made for Academic Writing Month (November 2018). For background on the series and links to all the videos, visit this page. To turn on subtitles: On a computer, hover at the bottom of the video window to make the row of icons appear; click on the “settings” icon (which looks like a cog), and select “Subtitles.” On a phone, the “subtitles” icon is in the bottom right corner of the screen.


  • At the center of your project is some tangible thing, object, place, person, group of people, or material process — something that you can experience with your senses — that you are drawn to and feel, or once felt, some great affection for.

  • Today, allow yourself some time and space to reflect on this object of affection. What about it appeals to you, attracts you, fascinates you, delights you? Use descriptive, sensory language if you want to!

  • By reflecting on and even celebrating this object of affection, we can tap back into the human impulse that brought us to this project to begin with. That’s the wellspring of inspiration that can keep us going, day after day, year after year, in our hard pursuit of understanding.

Posted on November 2, 2018 and filed under #AcWriMo, reflection questions.