get writing momentum
"How I get so deeply into writing
that the clutter of distractions and negative thought fades,
and I feel free to create… and how you can too."
Writing is an Art of Attention
We academic writers need writing to be up front and center in life, but we can't be writing all the time. We need to keep moving, without the clutter of distractions or the hiccups of getting started up. Right now you are in a place where you can figure out what it is that is really hindering you.
And more important, WHAT YOU CAN DO TO CHANGE THAT.
I'm Alan Klima, a writer and Professor and,
when I huddle in my writing groups,
a Jedi wordsmith,
or at least that's what it feels like to me.
And I love that feeling: of writing momentum-- there's nothing better for a creative academic writer. There are powerful adjustments to your attention that don't take a lot of time or effort out of you, but jumpstart your creative output and so also your confidence and clarity. Academic writers in my groups produce way beyond what they ever thought possible, and I have too.
If you've ever written a book draft in a month and half, while teaching full time, like I did in one of my writing bootcamps, you're going to think, well... that was weird.
If the next time in the middle of classes you write an article in 14 days, you might start getting excited. I did.
But if you try it a third time, and have a chapter finished in 10 days, then you know you're onto something. Dance break !! Yep, that's what I do when I'm excited.
So the question is, how can you get into that writing zone consistently, knowing exactly what you did to cause it and having confidence that you can cause it again, and again, and again?
When I first started writing my first big, important thing, I had a lot of dreams and aspirations for how my text was going to turn out, and I was willing to work really, really hard to get there.
Sometimes I had good days, and everything seemed just ducky. Other days were much worse, everything seemed hopeless, and bad thoughts pretty much put the brakes on my creative confidence.
And those were the days I had a lot of time to write. The other days, I believed I couldn’t write because "I didn’t have hours of unbroken time."
So writing was in fits and starts, and it just wouldn’t take off. Yet I was already accomplished enough to know that writing has to take off at some point. Just like when you are in the middle of an exciting novel—you don’t need hours of time to get back into it. You crack it open and—zoom—you’re sucked back in.
I already knew enough about writing to know that it has to be that way with the actual writing process, otherwise the reader feels every lurch and pause and ache along the way.
If it hurts you to write it, it hurts them to read it.
But how do you get sucked into the writing zone—the cocoon of absorption into the text—when you are constantly having to struggle against distractions and worries?
What I soon discovered is that it involves much more than working very hard, and working long hours, and fighting against resistance and distractions. Once I understood the feedback mechanism by which writing momentum actually builds…
I stopped thinking that if you don’t have hours to write
you can’t get anything done,
or that I must keep up a constant struggle
against resistance and negative emotions
and started focusing on the immediate, day to day writing habits that actually build the momentum, and started framing my attention on what works in writing, rather than what doesn’t work: distractions don’t have any real call on your attention when you’re hearing a sweeter song….
How much more, over the long run, you could be writing and publishing, without grueling hauls, if your writing process attracted you more than other things? Would you have to struggle then?
What would be the impact on your career, your confidence, your energy, and the rest of your life if you knew you had creative output and publication in the bag, taken care of?
What would your writing actually look, sound, and feel like to readers if you wrote it free from fear and worry, and were in the creative zone instead?
Let's face it, there are many ways you could try to become a better scholar, a better teacher, a better writer. I found that...
Maintaining the momentum of a regular writing practice
is the most surefire way to produce quality writing,
and to keep getting better,
without all the worry and struggle and resistance,
and without working on it for hours and hours on end,
and so also have a life.
It's just a reality that if you try to write six hours a day over a three week Winter break,
then don't start up again until the summer,
after first having a period of recuperation,
then a period of trying to start the engine up again,
then a period of realizing a lot of time has gone by already and now you are a deer in the headlights-- high stakes and so little time—
...well it's just not going to add up ANYTHING CLOSE to what you can do in 30 minutes to an hour, maybe 4 or 5 days a week, if you have momentum and clarity and your attention is framed correctly. Even pulses of very long writing sessions work out better, with no backlash, under such conditions. There's just no comparison between writing with momentum and starting the engine up all over in fits and starts.
Not to mention what happens when your prose style and sense of form is developing steadily in a conducive atmosphere for clear creativity.
Working with Me in the Bootcamp:
I imagine, because academia is a small world, and because I am an author, that many of you reading this know me. Meanwhile, just as many don't, and you might wonder where all this is coming from. For some time now, I’ve been writing in my own creative oasis, right in the midst of all the hectic action of an academic life. I also teach classes every summer, and rarely get a break. I fit writing in—though it doesn’t even feel like that (read on!). And, I also see so many academic writers struggling all the time. Some of it is real struggle struggle: I mean dark moments, or longer, and resistance and difficult, punishing thoughts. Some of it is not always that acute: a continuous sense of unease and unfinished business hanging over life, not being able to juggle all the balls, with writing somehow just not working out the way it was hoped, or else just not happening at all.
Whether it’s the high burn or low heat: same result, either way.
But what creative academic writers often want is a way
to move on,
to not get stuck
either in distractions and duties
or worries and fears.
You know what I mean?
What I see so often is that…
Writers start off with very noble intentions, but somehow this winds up not remaining the driving force behind the work, not nearly as much as it could be, or as much as it should be.
Our original aspirations are very powerful, actually, but it is not our habitual practice to stabilize attention on them. Our habit is to look for danger, focus on it, and avert it. We commit our attention to problems like deadlines and career evaluations, but not as much to what we really want.
So we simply are not writing from proper the space of creativity, which is our deep sense of commitment to what moves us.
I've worked with writers for many years now and what I've learned about myself is I LOVE TO COMMIT TO WRITING… and I love it whether it's happening over here in my body and mind, or when it happens over there in other peoples' bodies and minds.
In other words, I love to see people:
-- make a choice
-- take action
-- move forward
--and commit to something they really want
Even if their choice is "no," I love it if they are clear about their choice.
So my work with writers has become a work of moving people from a position of being torn by this and that, to the full "yes" position, where they say yes to writing, “this is what I want,” and act on it.
My Ah-Hah Moment.
I have been teaching writing for many years, but it so happens that in a separate life all along I have also been a meditation teacher. And for a long time I saw these activities as separate, as two things. Once in a while, someone would ask me, "Alan, don't you find it hard to be a meditator and also an intellectual?" And I would say it's not a problem, because the truth was that it helped me to write.
When I first started leading writing challenge groups, I saw that when we wrote together, the others also got sucked into their work, into the whole enterprise and adventure and aspiration, and the worries and concerns faded away by being replaced by artistic and intellectual values, and fun.
But still I didn't see what writing had in common with meditation.
I didn't put two and two together. I know-- I sound kind of dumb, but that's how life is sometimes. Sometimes the truth is staring you in the face and you don't see it.
In meditative disciplines, at one point or another, a practitioner has to find their way to the deeper choice. They have to decide, "what do I really want?"
At some point, a meditator will have to stop trying so hard, stop fighting against their own minds, and instead leap wholeheartedly into acknowledging what they truly want. And this is not a plan or schedule about the future: it’s about what is true moment by moment. They must find what it is that they absolutely want in the moment.
So as I said, my love in life is to see people say yes to writing, make the great choice, and put in the right conditions that will make that choice happen again and again, continuously over time. Then the pages and the creativity and the momentum add up. It's the "ah-hah" that's staring you in the face:
You can work your tail off trying to juggle everything
and try to plow and plod through
your resistance and negative thinking,
OR, you could find what causes you to love writing
so much that the all the attention just
keeps coming back to it effortlessly.
After I realized this, I looked around, and I saw that all over the place there were so many amazing:
academic writers with creative aspirations
graduate students full of passion and adventure
adjunct professors who want to write more than job applications
assistant professors with more on their minds than tenure
full professors with fully developed writing gifts they want to put to use, despite all the other commitments
all of whom were working really hard and did care very much, yet failing to finish their work or realize their aspirations.
It doesn't matter how smart you are
or how great your research is
or how many cool thoughts you have in your head
if it isn't getting into the form it deserves,
if it isn't exciting and fun for other people to read,
and if it isn't getting you out there
to participate in the greater intellectual community and adventure.
Your natural talent and unique vision has no impact if you don't get to share it with the rest of the world and thus receive back all the satisfactions that this world can return to you.
If you are not giving the world your unique vision,
which is something it needs,
then it's a loss for everyone.
Since you are reading this, I can assume that on some level you do want to find a way to get your writing out there. Of course I know, for a few of you, that what I just said might be hard to hear, if you've been beaten down so bad that you "wouldn't dare" think that the world actually deserves and needs your writing, and that it's your ethical duty to stop denying the world your gift. Fair enough, for now.
If you really want to write more, without worry, work with more ease, still have a life, and share your unique texts with the rest of the world, then this letter to you right now might be one of the most important things you could read.
Rest assured, I'm not someone who read some research about academic productivity and is selling a book in dry prose about creativity, to sit on your shelf, and at best provide a little burst of motivation (at best).
I am all about actual implementation, keeping you on track, day by day.
I'm an actual living, breathing creative academic writer and filmmaker, and not someone who just writes about writing. I create and guide writing communities, coach and encourage writers. I'm also just a regular, former graduate student and former untenured professor, who has kept his attention on the real point of creative academic writing, and as a result, almost as a side-effect, has become a Full Professor with the best Professor friends, and along the way came to some clarity about the process of writing, and clarity about how you can do the same.
"The writing program taught me how to incorporate writing into my everyday practice in a way that not only got results, but also made me into a more mentally and emotionally healthy academic. It removed the weight, heaviness, and aversions I had towards writing, and replaced them with a familiar, engaging relationship to writing that I had never imagined possible in my professional life. Some are convinced that writing must be painful and grueling, but I woke up every morning eager to write."- N. D., Post-Doc at a Top Ten University
"Alan Klima's intense focus on the art, craft, and practice of writing has wormed its way into my brain since taking a writing workshop with him. His instruction has helped me not only be productive in my writing but also to explore and find my own unique writing voice even as I work in academic genres. This has translated into me staying happier and more interested over the long course of writing my dissertation, which is nearing completion!"- B.G., PhD. Candidate
"This has helped me get unstuck with writing my dissertation. The tone of simplicity and encouragement is contagious. The first step to writing anything is sitting down and writing anything! But for me, its real value lies in many short exercises that help me figure out what my dissertation is actually about in small increments, especially writing whatever makes me happy for fifteen minutes each day. It has eliminated the feeling that I am guessing at, and missing, what I should be writing and allowed me to get on with it with a sense of curiosity and promise."- J.C., PhD Candidate
I put these testimonials here because I know there are a lot of expensive consultants out there who cite a few old psychological studies about maximizing productivity, keep your mind focused on what is fearful and hard about academia, and then you pay them a lot of money to goad you to reach your milestones and goals for filling up your resume, like the whole point of why you got into this is to become a salesperson who networks for attention and the top-seller of the month vacation award.
Just like what others have already experienced, I'm offering you an experience with me in my writer's circle that will provide the exact right conditions that bring writing to the top of your attention, and keep it there, so that you write with more ease, without relying on negative things like career worries, pressures, deadlines, and fear. The Academic Muse Bootcamp is a way to write with the support of a coach and a small group of peers that will reinforce the most effective daily habits and keep attention framed on the truest, and most powerful, desires that fuel the creative academic writer.
So if you are looking to be part of a great writing environment and an experience that won't take a lot out of you and still give you the consistent flow of great pages over the long haul, I encourage you to take a very strong look at the Creative Academic Writing Bootcamp:
As a member of Academic Muse, you'll use a unique suite of online tools to remain accountable to the coach and your fellow group members.
Each 4-week session is packed with ways to sustain the new level of clarity, purpose, and productivity that you achieve.
→ A suite of unique online writing tools to keep track of your time, track daily writing sessions, and overcome inertia - every feature works to keep you engaged and on top of your writing. Most people will prefer to log on anonymously to the online group with a fabulous nickname. You’ll fill out your writing log, reporting on your struggles and accomplishments. Your checkmark tells yourself, and everyone, you wrote that day. Then your coach or others will see that, read your comments, and respond directly to what’s going on for you. You'll see a star that tells you that you have feedback. A dialogue box means someone's asking about your whereabouts.
No worries-- it's not a critique group and we won’t be sharing our writing in the Bootcamp (but there’s a separate, optional space for feedback exchange). We’ll be sharing our observations and experiences with the process of writing creatively, while we are actually undergoing that process, wracking up pages together, feeding off each other's momentum, and refining our understanding of what works and what doesn’t for each of us. → Group Coaching telephone calls: Every 4 week session we’ll have telephone seminars to get oriented, group phone calls to check in with each other, and seminars on special topics in creative academic writing, with discussion and Q & A. → Coach-led Writing Challenges: One of the most fun and energizing features is our optional coach-led writing chats almost every day—short writing dates I’ll set where we’ll check in with each other and then do a writing sprint for 30 minutes together, at various times, good for different zones. Meanwhile chat windows will be open 24/7, with one for professors, one for grads, and one for everybody, where you can always go for some company or more writing sprints. Everyone who wants to can meet up. We've got our triage stack of cards. We prepared our daily beat sheet. (Or not, if you’re not doing those things). We're ready to focus and go together. Most times we'll meet up to write for a set amount of time together. On special occasions, we'll meet for one our famous, word-sprint challenges to see who can write the most words. Don't worry, I'm not a ringer and I've never won a challenge in my writing groups. Ever. But have I been practicing? Yes. Yes I have. → Track Your Progress: using your graphs, see how you are using your time, what's working and what's not, and use the visualization tools to see your progress wrack up, and give yourself a boost of confidence and momentum. → Forums and More: There’s a discussion forum for your small group, where you can participate as your alter-ego, and a global forum where you can choose to be yourself and connect with other scholars world-wide, share links and files, and Muse Wiki always under construction for sharing new resources and things to explore. → Writing Fixes: access to instructional materials that help with issues like not knowing what to do with a mess you wrote yourself into, how to discover your argument, or how to get over writer's block. You’ll have access to the full online suite of tools to keep you accountable, engaged, and having fun.
Your writing will pour out of you.
Your creative works will have structure and purpose,
coming from a clear writing head-space and with irresistible momentum.
You'll love what you're doing and so will your readers.
and you won't have to spend huge amounts of time struggling,
huge amounts of energy fending off distractions,
or huge amounts of money on individual coaching or writing services.
The bottom line about cost for us creative writers is….
If you finish even just one article because of your participation in this bootcamp,
you just got back far more than your investment.
It’s that simple. One article can make a big difference. Finishing a book or dissertation can make a big difference. And what you discover will stick with you, as long as you keep inputting the right conditions. That’s worth thousands of dollars, actually, which I bet you can guess is not what I am asking for my part in it. I'm going to coach you through a group experience using simple to implement techniques and a suite of online productivity tools that boost your writing ease and clarity. Once you learn and practice with me these writing techniques and shifts in attention, and experience their consistent application over time, you will know how to surpass your wildest expectations and you'll chuckle inside as your creative work mounts up without struggle and your worries about the writing output side of your life disappear.
The Creative Academic Writing Bootcamp
is now open for new members. But I'm sure you understand that I can't compromise the small group experience by taking in too many students. So enrollment may end after today.
Then the chance to get in on the fun ends MIDNIGHT Monday June 19!
Many people find their way to me via one of the writers who has been in my groups. But if you stumbled upon my website or just got on my email list without the benefit of meeting one of the many happy writers who have done this with me before, then, well, you're probably skeptical. That's normal and healthy. Let me give you three good reasons to have confidence:
THREE REASONS TO TAKE A STRONG LOOK AT ACADEMIC MUSE:
REASON ONE: I have been a successful creative academic writer for years. I've had my struggles, especially early on. I've sorted through what works and what does not. And I've had many long periods of writing with ease and comfort, satisfaction and joy. I may not be the most ambitious academic around, but I do write a lot in various venues and genres and I publish just the right amount for me. I am not an uber-productivity nut. I am a real person who knows how I can cause myself to fall in love with writing, and can teach others to do the same. Most productivity coaches focus so much on results that they miss the joy of the process. That approach may work for some, but others need to connect more deeply with the source of their intrinsic motivation and find something more liberating and joyful than slaving away in order to tread water in treacherous seas. What's more, the way of Academic Muse is the far more easier and pleasant path! Some coaches claim you have to face down your resistance and demons and defeat them in a continuous endless struggle against yourself. Putting all the attention on resistance only gives it more power and energy. Put the power of your attention on what works, and empower that! Don't fight against yourself, get yourself on your side!
I know some of you sense that there is a potential somewhere inside you that somehow just barely escapes you. I know exactly how you feel: like you know what’s possible, and what you are capable of, like your thoughts are clear at times and your vision of what you want for your text is there, but it somehow doesn’t quite pan out, and seems always just barely out of reach.
The techniques I will teach you, and practice with you, are the ones I continuously use to write with meaning and purpose and ease, and if you implement them and practice them with me inside the online writing experience I have designed for you, they will work for you too.
REASON TWO: I've practiced writing in this way and have been able to write while teaching classes, advising, serving on committees, and doing a million other things. And I haven't had to goad myself and nag myself (except when getting going on a project at first). I can harness momentum and write exactly how much I want to write, and no more or less, while having a life and doing all the other things I love—things which only make writing easier, clearer, and more creatively satisfying, by the way.
REASON THREE: It rubs off. Other people who write with me also write with more ease. Many times I’ve created temporary writing communities in which we entered a different head-space where momentum carried us away. Too bad though, when the semester ends, it’s all over just when we were really getting into it. Now I finally have the way to keep all the positive influence of that writer’s cocoon going indefinitely.
And I should also gratefully acknowledge that it's worked both ways. I've benefitted too. You see, we can goad ourselves and nag our selves and hold as many trials of ourselves in our heads as we want, but nothing works as well as associating with other writers, particularly those who are writing with ease. I've brought many people into that state.
Get in on the daily action at the Creative Academic Bootcamp and discover...
-- simple interactions with me and your small writing group-- in group phone seminars, in our daily chat room, or in your personal and group progress pages and online group writing tools in the bootcamp—that get you into the “writer’s cocoon,” and keep you there.
-- simple practices that will quickly increase the flow of your pages by double or more
-- ways to flesh out what readers will enjoy, and what will slow them down and bore them
-- creative techniques to shift your process that aren’t a lot of work, but make big changes
-- the methods to fully inhabit your true writing desires and remain there, day after day
-- AND BEST OF ALL: the power of groups to carry you along on the days you are flagging. You don’t have to supply all the motivation your self, all the time.
Most important is you will finally get your work done,
share your unique vision and your published writing with the world,
and get in return what that world has for you.
The basic work with the bootcamp tools is easy to implement, only takes minutes a day, and starts paying off right away.
Most of the bootcamp facets are open 24/7, while there are also lots of live writing dates, phone seminars (recorded if you miss them), and group writing exercises to keep you on track and growing as a writer.
I am a writing-zone junkie
I love to be in the writer’s cocoon, and stay in it even in the midst of a hectic life. I love to interact with others who are in that state. And it hurts me to see people struggle and work hard, but miss the elements of a writer’s art of attention and attitude that makes writing easy and a joy and produce momentum that doesn't fade away. It hurts to see people start to get the idea of how to do this, but not keep up with it or follow through, or get into the zone but then get bumped out of it again so quickly.
It’s a shame to not share your work with the world,
depriving it of the unique vision only you can reveal,
by making the mistake of running on worries and fears
and “have to’s” and “shoulds,”
and I see it happening all the time.
My goal is to get you into the writing zone and keep you there, so that you can see exactly what causes it and how to return to it again and again and again. In this atmosphere your creative gift will naturally unfold.
It’s all about follow through, and keeping the momentum up
...while getting your talents, research, and unique writing voice out there in the world. I love seeing people in the writing zone, but it doesn't happen without paying attention to what actually gets us there and keeps us there.
For some people, it comes naturally, but for most it doesn't.
Fortunately, it's a learnable skill,
and it’s a practicable action that can be repeated indefinitely.
You can stay in this zone for as long as you want, even years.
And you don’t have to slave away at it, or stay motivated by keeping your attention on worries and fears. And it’s not even about writing all the time, all day, every day. You don’t need to do something all day long for it to remain super important in your life and hold your attention.
This is THE resource for writers who don’t want to compromise their life, who want to create and see their work out there in the world.
It provides the activities that every creative academic writer needs to do. This online environment doesn’t end or fade away: it’s going to be here month after month, keeping alive the values and attitudes that are missing in many of the mental states we fall into in our difficult academic atmosphere.
In my opinion, this bootcamp is the starting point to make any writing life fully take off and take flight, and is a must for those who want to be wildly satisfied with their output.
If you're tired of being the best kept secret in your field, join up, learn up, and live it up: feel what it’s like inside the writer’s cocoon.
I've been told time and time again that my approach to writing groups is unlike others, and having seen many approaches to academic productivity over the years, I have to say...I humbly agree.
But like they always say, don't take my word for it. Listen to what my fellow bootcampers have to say.
"This boot camp gave me the discipline to focus my writing, but more- C.K., Visiting Professor, Large University
importantly it drew me out of feeling wrapped up in
specific academic obligations I felt I needed to perform. I found myself writing
differently. Specifically, instead of writing in an overly
dense and abstract form, I now am able to tell stories which
many readers tell me are 'enjoyable.'"
"A great opportunity to learn the nitty-gritty of thought-provoking, fast-paced, mindful prose. After definitely enjoying three of Alan Klima's writing bootcamps, I can attest that I've grown into a disciplined and (almost) completely happy grad student writer. I also easily won NSF and Wenner-Gren grants in the first round, without having to re-apply. More importantly, I've made a habit of paying attention to what my favorite academic writers do with their stories and theories. This form-oriented approach to text not only has significantly improved my own writing, both quantitatively and qualitatively, but has also sharpened my reading skills."- J.N., PhD Candidate
"In my experience, Alan provides an excellent set of exercises, tools, and strategies to overcome the productivity struggles that stem from anxiety and resistance to academic writing. He not only has helped me control and channel the negative thoughts that sometimes impede my ability to write, but also has broken down the writing process itself for me, making it less daunting. What I learned proved invaluable in finishing everything from larger projects such as my dissertation to shorter conference papers. Not to mention that he always pushes for clarity of prose. As a writing coach, Alan will teach you to how to write better and how (gasp!) to even like writing."- V.C., Post-Doc, Ivy League University
Warning: Do NOT pay for any coaching service
about PRODUCTIVITY or CREATIVITY
unless it meets the following 5 CRITERIA:
There is a lot of confusion surrounding our writing process as academics. I want to give you 5 criteria or elements you absolutely, positively must look for in any service you pay for that promises to help you improve your academic writing:
√ Make sure the person whose advice you're taking and influence you are coming under is a very good writer themselves, in your eyes. In other words, don't take coaching from someone who doesn't have what you want.
√ Find strategies that are easy to implement and won't cost you the price of a medical therapy or one-on-one psych counseling to implement right away.
√ Confirm that the effects unfold continuously, and are not quick band-aids and temporary boosters. This way, it is you and your life that changes, and you then you always know you can do it, no matter what you choose to do in the future.
√ The best writing environments help you quickly and easily identify SMALL CHANGES you can make easily that will bring you BIG RESULTS.
√ Look for a system that feels natural to you. Beware of manipulation strategies that make you feel fearful, worried, alone, angry, that “tear you down to build you up,” that make you feel “sales-sy,” materialistic, unnatural, or worst of all like a tool. You want practices to implement that match with your high level of integrity and your desire to serve both yourself and your life as a writer communicating with the academic world and beyond, and which will radiate naturally to your students and others who cross your path.
You get way, way more than you invest.
Okay. Let's talk about price, cause we’re talking about an online workshop with a coach and a group, and online tools for small daily actions that create the right habits and momentum, and not something to just download once and be done, and then try the next thing. There are many directions you can go when looking for that sustained input and for what will truly feed your need to write. You can invest a $1,000 or $3,000 yearly in a personal coach and meet them once a week, or once a month, and get a temporary boost (but only if the coach is any good, and meets the 5 criteria above). You can look for freebies online, read some blogs, or buy academic productivity books for $35.00, or books about how to write your journal article in 10 weeks or whatever. But whether you pay thousands for some brief sessions, or a one-off for 40 bucks, you’re all on your own after that.
By joining in and participating in the simple daily actions of the Academic Muse Creative Academic Writing Bootcamp, a place where you can go 24/7, you will save yourself the costly expense of coaches and writing services, and save yourself lots of time following cookie-cutter techniques for writing a dissertation or article or book or whatever. The group writing momentum experience is way better than all that, and it’s always there for you.
Time is passing, and it’s just a shame if you let more months, weeks, or even days go by doing things that are so hard when it could get a lot easier.
And remember the bottom line about cost for us creative writers….
If you finish even just one article
because of your participation in this bootcamp,
you just got back far more than your investment.
You know, some of us will invest in yoga memberships or gym memberships or sign up for activities to improve this or that, and people can spend $150 on that every month, or a lot more if it’s therapy. And that’s fine for that. What’s so weird is many of us have never thought about investing in our own career and livelihood, even though so many of our thoughts and emotions and sense of happiness and fulfillment turn on how all that is going.
For a writer, writing well changes everything. I mean, everything about life is better. Chances are, you already know what it feels like at the end of the day, when you've written well.
So it doesn’t make any sense that we might hesitate to invest in our careers. It seems a little crazy even, but sometimes we will avoid doing the one simple thing that can make a world of difference to us, almost like we are somehow afraid to leave the state of mind we find familiar, even if it sucks.
What cuts through all that like a knife is…
--Figure out what it is you really want. Not just want, but really want.
make a choice
and commit to something you really want
Now you might be wondering, “Does the Jedi mind writer guy, who can help you stick your attention on what you really want, have any way to help me take action and go forward with my life?”
Well now that you just thought that, in those exact words…
Why yes. Yes he has.
Looky here, one and all…
→ When the program is full, it’s full. It has filled up in one day before. It’s just a fact about how the bootcamp works: this registration period will rapidly come to a close, as we will all be starting the session together. We do it together, that’s the whole point. No latecomers. And the next session starts four weeks later, if there are open spots. So now is the only time to get into this session.
Since I know it's 10,000% to your benefit to act right away, I want to give you every possible reason to say YES today. So I am going to pile even more on top of that-- if you sign up today you'll also get the following bonuses I am currently writing and preparing for you:
√ The Rescue Guide for Wayward Manuscripts. When it’s too late and you’ve already written yourself into a big mess (or didn't have Academic Muse soon enough, ha ha), use these techniques to sort it all out and get back to good, clean writing. I’ll show you how to use notecards and an organizational system to get a grip on what you already have got, and how it fits together. This bonus alone is worth months of work sometimes, or even years with some misbehaving rascal manuscripts.
√ How to Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Academic Texts with Your Own Two Hands. This detailed guide takes you step-by-step through an elaborate procedure for learning how to balance theory, description, and interpretation through a manual exercise that gets it deeply into your understanding. Unlike "emulation" where you might use prose or genres very different from yours, with Reverse Engineering you physically take apart the texts that you most admire and aspire to, or which fit the expectations of certain journals and/or audiences, and learn from the inside out what makes them tick. This guide alone can save you years of trial and error and painful reviews.
And on top of these great resources, if you join the Bootcamp today, you'll also get two more amazing resources-- FREE ACCESS to two other projects I have under development now:
Access to Muse Attention Arts: a place for learning meditation for writers. Right now we have a mindfulness for writer's sleep course. And we are also in the middle of a 30 day meditation challenge. You will get free access to the next meditation challenge that starts Nov.1, where you can learn techniques for clearing the mind, more powerfully stabilizing the attention, and unlocking creativity, where you can download guided meditation audios, watch instructional videos, and where you can ask meditation questions and discuss your practice of meditation and writing with me.
And I'll let you in on some great, new semi-secret news:
Starting very soon is a workshop on Revising Your Book or Dissertation which will teach a step-by-step system of revision you can use for the rest of your life to finish your work and get published in time. You may have heard about it from the free intro series information, but this is the full workshop and you will have access to it as it comes out during the time you are subscribed to the bootcamp!
Access to Muse Labs: In development. Most of the time you'll be wanting to focus on your own project and log in for 15 minutes at the bootcamp. But when you are looking for more, you can do group creative writing exercises with me at Muse Labs, which will include chain emulations, surrealist games, and other online writing exercises. As well there is a critique and feedback system you can join with plenty of chances to make connections with other scholars world-wide and share resources and the creative academic writing experience.
So to get all that you need to choose and act now before it fills up.
But above all, it’s really about setting priorities and putting what’s important in an important place, and keeping it there long enough and consistently enough for it to register and sink deeply in.
I know that if you come write with me, and write with us, and I write with you guys (which you may recall was also implied by the first clause of this sentence), and we use the group productivity tools we have, the telephone seminars, the writing chats, all of it… this bootcamp will put you in the zone, and the writing will pour out of you and the momentum will be there in your life-- ready to take you up into it-- no matter what’s going on around you.
So… see you inside!