On Monday, I finished my dissertation.
Since then, I've been recovering by doing restorative work (see picture above—Bach is food for the soul) and necessary work (uh, hello mounds of laundry).
I've also been thinking about my writing habits. The start of a new chapter of life is a perfect time to try new ones, and I have at least three I'm going to audition:
First, using reference software. My dissertation footnotes used last name + short title, so I couldn't be bothered to work with software. I'm thinking this is the right time to get a reference system integrated into my work flow (I'm inspired by Pat Thomson's description of how she works with Endnote.)
The other two are keeping a process journal and a record of daily work. Both of these are ideas from Louise's DeSalvo's The Art of Slow Writing. The process journal is for writing in before starting the day's work. It can be a place to plan, to self-converse about feelings and ideas about the project, and to ease into the day's writing. The record of daily work is just that—a short entry made at the close of each working day to note what was accomplished.
What other habits should I try out? Anything you wish you had tried earlier or would like to find space to begin?