Writing pleasure: Space and people

So glad to have stumbled across this article. I’m finding only by doing”DIY Thesis Writing Retreats” can I get an substantive work done – and yet, my beautiful desk at uni is my most unproductive space. The uni library scholar room worked for a while…but after a few uses, the same old unproductive habits set in. Next week I’m going away to my Aunt’s house – I’ll have to find a new place each month to visit where I can write.

DoctoralWriting SIG

By Susan Carter

Nine people faced a small task as part of postgraduate course work: to try to find pleasure in academic writing. They could write somewhere stylish, glitzy or interesting that they had never tried writing in before, or write in the same space as others, i.e., do a write-on-site aka pomodo aka shut up and write. But the mission was to be writing pleasure seekers.

They gave their feedback as to how it worked for them. Sally pointed out that pleasure is an attitude, as well as an adjective that she hadn’t readily linked with academic writing. The thought of sullying the café space, a place that for her is firmly social, went against all logic. But she recognised that she liked to write on campus because the desk space there was her own, unlike the writing places at home in a space shared with partner and teenage…

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About Sarina Kilham

I'm a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Trained as a social scientist and with a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, I'm interested in farmer's experiences of growing feedstock for biodiesel production. My research has focused on biodiesel production in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Also on Twitter @sarinakilham and blogging at thequalitativeresearcher.net
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