Day 20: What is asking to be released from 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.


  • Go gently with this question — it may be the hardest one in our exercise, and while I don’t like to talk about feelings too much, this one can truly be emotionally wrenching!

  • In previous questions, we’ve touched on how, over the course of a writing project, we gain greater clarity on what our projects are about and how to communicate this to readers. Inherent in this process of emergence is death: we inevitably end up generating a lot of pieces during the writing process that don’t end up fitting with our manuscripts as our vision for them clarifies. These pieces must pass away, and we are the only ones who can put them to rest.

  • It can be hard to let go of these pieces even if our highest, most rational self knows they need to go. It often helps to have some designated space where we can keep them in “storage” away from our project materials. We can always return to them later. Today, what can you do to physically, intellectually, and/or emotionally release something from your project whose time has come?

Posted on November 19, 2018 and filed under #AcWriMo, reflection questions.