Day 27: What in your project is wild, untamable, chaotic, or random?

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.


  • The process of conducting research, making meaning of data, and developing a manuscript that presents an organized and compelling story-argument is very much a process of humans imposing structure and control over reality that is inherently messy. But we can’t ever engineer all of the chaos, waste, entropy, accidents, or chance out of this process.

  • What does this wildness look like in your project? For example, you could think about a time when an accident took things in a new and unexpected direction, or you could reflect on a persistent undercurrent of chaos or chance running through your entire project.

  • This question is an opportunity to reflect on the forces of nature we are always working in tension with throughout the process of knowledge-building and meaning-making—some of which we can absorb and integrate, and some of which we cannot.

Posted on November 26, 2018 and filed under #AcWriMo, reflection questions.