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Daily Writing Progress

Dissertation Research - Technology, Policy, and the Formation of User and Developer Publics : 1112 words

Daily Writing Progress (2018) - May 6st

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Daily Writing Progress

Dissertation Research - Technology, Policy, and the Formation of User and Developer Publics : 471 words

Daily Writing Progress (2018) - May 1st

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Daily Writing Progress

Dissertation Research - Technology, Policy, and the Formation of User and Developer Publics : ~1700 words

Daily Writing Progress (2018) - April 22nd

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Daily Writing Progress

Dissertation Research - Technology, Policy, and the Formation of User and Developer Publics : 2818 words

Daily Writing Progress (2018) - April 1st

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My writing practice has gone to hell

It’s kind of terrifying to realize how little I have written in the past month.

Okay, that isn’t entirely true. I have written a ton, but most that is nothing more than brief snippets of presentation materials, proposals, and research entries for my dissertation project.

Sure, these are valuable and necessary writings. They are not writing practice, though. They are, at best, a sort of functional paperwork—the busywork of my day-to-day experience.

For me, this a problem.

Writing is craft. It is a skill that can be learned and honed. While there may be a few geniuses out there who start a bit further along, we all get better the same way.

We practice.

When we stop, we get rusty.

Writing then, at least for me, has always demanded a sort of ritualized engagement in two separate but equal parts (cue the Law and Order music).

  1. A dedicated time for writing
  2. A dedicated time for reading

Both of these practices are intricately connected. I cannot have one with the other. Trying to write without reading is like learning an instrument without reading music or listening to other musicians. It can theoretically be done but so much is …

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