Day 30: Imagine your finished book or article in the space it will inhabit after you relinquish it.

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.

DAY 30 CONTENT SUMMARY:

  • Once you relinquish your project to the journal or press that will publish it, it will be among other articles or books within your micro-genre and nearby micro-genres — whether in journal database search results or on the university press’s conference table. Picture your published work there, in its destination, among its peers. How does it look there? Does picturing your work in this way shed new light on what you are trying to do in this project or how you want to do it?

  • This meditation may seem frivolous, but (1) if it’s enjoyable, it’s worthwhile, because you’ve certainly earned it by getting through the previous 29 questions, and (2) this question is really just another, more concrete and scenario-based version of the micro-genre question we had earlier in this exercise. Thinking about the context in which our work will be received — the category it will be placed in — helps us consider what reader expectations we want to strategically conform to or subvert.

  • P.S. This isn’t quite the end of our exercise! Tomorrow, I will send you a bonus video with a final integration question. Thank you for sticking with me this far!

Posted on November 29, 2018 and filed under #AcWriMo, reflection questions.