Shut up & write!
Is it difficult to set aside time to write? The Academic Writing Centre arranges joint, structured “Shut Up & Write” sessions.
The model simply involves writing for 45 minutes, then have a 15 minute break, then writing for 45 minutes and so on. By structuring the time in this way, you achieve (at least) two things: the inspiration to work when others are working, and a good conscience when you take breaks.
Who can take part
Everyone involved in longer writing projects, such as a doctoral or master's thesis, are welcome to participate for one or more sessions. Doctoral students will have the priority in busy periods.
09.00 Shut up & Write opens. You may define your personal goals for the day (optional).
09.15 – 10.00 Writing (in silence)
10.00 – 10.15 Well-deserved break with coffee, tea, necessary errands, e-mail, facebook etc.
10.15 – 11.00 Writing again....
And so on.
«Writing» is not restricted to writing only, but can also include things like thinking or reading. The idea is to alternate between working intensively and taking breaks together.
If you want to leave or enter the room, you may do so in the breaks.