Ahhh...summer. Read, read, read. Love and joy and pleasure and - you get the picture. It is only three days since my Presummer class ended, and I’m 250 pages into a 500-page novel. It’s delicious.
Writing too happens during the semester, but finds itself back-seated often to the daily demands of teaching and advising, and organizational necessities like committee work. When you run the internship program, the honors program, and the basic course for your division, like I do, there’s a lot of “there“ there.
However, I never stop writing. (Or if I do, I quickly get the itch, and have to write.) Semester writing: A paragraph here. A page there. Some rewriting here and some editing there. There’s a reason I never stop writing, and why you should never stop writing.
It all adds up.
If you are like me, you have a backlog of thoughts, ideas, half done pieces, scrambled up notes, parts of literature reviews…all sorts of things…that are in the process of marinating, ruminating, and percolating.
That’s why writing a little here and editing a little there during the semester is so important. During the semester, I work a lot of those ideas out. I write them and rewrite them. I read and re-read them. I bend and fold and manipulate them. I tickle, tease, and abuse them. And by the time summer rolls around, I have submissions pretty much ready to go.
Having done a lot of “some writing here” and “some editing there,” I find myself ready to send out submissions to journals and a book chapter.
Three are organizational communication research submissions:
- one on organizational discourse and professional identity
- one on information tech employees
- one organizational ethnography at a comic book shop on community & stigma
One is on organizational communication, power, and “online community.”
One is an educational theory/practice article with…well…Kierkegaard. (You didn't think I forgot him did you?)
One is a personal narrative on my father’s death.
One is a book chapter on organizational communication and the TV series Supernatural.
All should be out for review by next week..
And that’s why writing a little bit almost every day during the semester is so important.