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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Confined to Write & Law Prof NaCoWriMo

Ok - we are self-quarantining. Cancelled all my April-May international and domestic trips, including my annual women law professors writing retreat, in which we rent a house on the beach and spend three days writing side by side. My Tel-Aviv and Hebrew U talks are still on at the moment - in June...but who knows. And like most of my friends and colleagues, I've decided what our leaders have not been strong enough to decide for us: Stay the F Home. We need to race to flatten the curve and for the life of me, I can't understand how the United States has been doing so few testing. I have friends all over the country with symptoms who are told there are no tests available for them. Scary stuff. BUT as we adjust to life at home some things to be grateful for: we are digitally connected, more than ever before; as academics, we can do so much of our work remotely and have more job flexibility and security than is common these days. So silver lining is that we should use the cancelled meetings, events and travel time to catch up on writing. 

A new group has formed on facebook: look for it - Law Prof NaCoWriMo (National Corona Writing Month) has formed and you are invited to join. The idea is that we have a virtual writing retreat and commit to ourselves and one another to write every day, and to seek and give writing and research advice.

Some of my ideas for sticking with it - and would love to hear your ideas:

  1. Define the project early on.
    2. Have an alternate project in parallel for when you are stuck or sick of the primary one.
    3. Designate a space that is the writing space
    4. Unplug from social media, corona virus news updates, email and all that while writing - this is the hardest one for me - but there are apps and sites such as freedom that help do that by blocking some of your websites for a defined time
    5. Designate specific times of day to writing despite the long stretches of home dwelling.

and from Lisa Tucker:

1) Out first priority is self and family care. If you are sick or someone in your family is, you have the group’s support in any way we can offer it.

2) If you are healthy, you commit to using this self-isolation period to write 1000 words a day on some academic project. In NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the word count is something like 1600, but that seems like too much for now.

3) You also commit to asking for and offering feedback on your work and that of others in the group.

4) At the end of each day, I’ll post a “how did we do today?” status. We can each chime in with a word count, a comment, a plea for help, or whatever.

5) At the end of each week, I’ll post a status that will allow members of the group to solicit and offer feedback.

6) We will begin on Monday, March 16.

Posted by Orly Lobel on March 15, 2020 at 04:15 PM | Permalink


Important one this days. In my view, you should not spend too much time, on writing (or solely writing ). But, in this regard, taking advantage, of such rare opportunity, to search, for " underground ", unusual, or, " exotic " material, typically not so available and not really pertaining to common knowledge ( even in the legal field it does exist as hell).

And by the way so, perfecting your skills in searching the web ( not less important, for, Googeling and alike, is not that simple as one may think).

Be safe .....

P.S: One may find great interest in:

" US House passes COVID-19 emergency package "



Posted by: El roam | Mar 15, 2020 4:40:54 PM

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