The new writers’ group that I mentioned in my last post had its first meeting just over a week ago.
This was a Skype meeting, and enabled us to introduce ourselves (I only knew one other member before now). We started by discussing what writing we hoped to get done this summer and how that had motivated us to join the writers’ group. As I will be starting maternity leave in August, my aim is to complete a few pieces of analysis and writing, and to leave longer term projects in a tidy state while I am away from work.
We also outlined what this group could do for us and how we might progress over the next few months. Suggestions included regular Skype sessions that include actual writing time; sharing writing to gain feedback; and setting our own targets for the next meeting.
We settled on making targets for our next meeting in early June, at this stage at least, although the group will develop as we go along and see what works. We also decided that at this early stage it is better to have small targets so that we don’t each fall at the first hurdle, having set more than could be managed! So I chose to set myself three things for May: complete paper that was due back with reviewers on 8th May; complete paper due back with reviewers on 18th May; and draw up a list of jobs for the summer. Perhaps it was a cop out to choose things that have specific deadlines this month, but at least I have already completed one and have the other well in hand!
There were also chances for mutual support on the journal submission process, responding to reviewers, and encountering new fields slightly outside what you’re familiar with.
Since the meeting signed off, we have already had an exchange of a couple of pieces of writing – one paper and one set of responses to journal reviewers – so that we could provide a new perspective for another writer.