2015 summer productivity

It was a productive and creative summer. I finished 20,000 words on two papers; finished 3 toastmaster speeches; read several books. I listened to podcast, blinkist, TED talks, and online lectures. I have gradually built my writing, speaking, reading, listening routines. AND AND I am finally able to swim YAY!

I also see this summer as a writing experiment, I recorded what I have written and how many time I have spent on writing everyday. I have spent 270 hours on writing in June, July, and August, 3 hours per day. Reflecting on the whole process, I have found that the writing environment is so important for me, to write creatively and productively in different phases. I prefer to write the initial draft and to revise papers in a coffee shop with loud music;  and for the core writing part, I prefer to write in a quiet environment without any distractions. For trivial or casual writing, like emails, blogs, toastmaster speeches, I don’t really care about the environment; but it’s much fun to write these in a coffee shop than a library.

In addition, as an introverted person, I have(unsurprisingly) found that I prefer to write by myself, although I initiated a writing group (hugs to my writing group friends, Cassie and Lauren). We still meet and write/eat/drink/gossip at least once a week. Keep each other updated and in track. When I am not in my writing mood and feel boring or anxious, social group writing works.

some places for my writing in this summer:

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Ramsey county library Roseville, Keller hall east bank UMN, Magrath library St Paul campus UMN

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Chatime Dinkytown, Caribou larpenteur, Caribou Moos tower

My experiences have resonated a lot with Nate’s thoughts on Writing environment .

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