My IRL colleagues talked about similar methods when we talked a couple of weeks ago.
A few of my own methods:
About a research journal: I recently began to keep a record of words written for various kinds of tasks, including letters of recommendation, department service obligations, manuscript reviews, work on the main project, and so on. The idea behind this was to keep track of how much writing I'm doing is necessary but isn't going to keep my own work moving forward. It's been useful, but it's not a research journal.
I'm working my way into keeping one, though, and am looking for advice, so if you keep one:
Are these kept in a notebook or on a computer?
Do you write in it every day, and if so, do you make yourself write a set amount?
Do you go back to these and mine them for ideas, or does the mere fact of writing down the information help to spur on your writing?
Do you keep your research notes in these, too, or do you just write about the writing process itself? Or do you write about the ideas?
Thanks for any ideas.
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