Thanks so much to all who attended the first Research Hive Shut up and Write event in the Library Cafe on Tuesday 13th November. I think everyone found it really useful. It was a great way to meet new people aswell at the same time as being productive, and I really enjoyed how it made writing into more of a social activity.
I managed to write 1,700 words of research notes and I was on a real high afterwards. The positive peer pressure of everyone typing around me, and the ticking of the timer combined to motivate me to get words down. It was interesting becuase I felt the ‘procrastination urge’ a few times, but following up on that urge simply didn’t feel like an option.
We’ve received some great feedback via Twitter:
Holly Chard @JohnHuguesPhD tweeted: “Wrote 1,500 words in an hour at the first @sussexreshive #shut up and write event. I’d highly recommend it. Thanks for the free coffee as well.”
Ryan Burns @_RyanBurns tweeted: “
#shutupandwrite really useful event – I wrote 500 words when I would normally have looked at 500 YouTube videos. #productive“
Laura Ellen Joyce @sacre_coeur tweeted: “I got so much written, it was great. Let’s do it again soon.”
And a fantastic email from Carol White that really sums up the event well:
“This was an exercise in group support that worked really well for me. The buzz of conversation which appears to be an integral part of the popular library cafe ambience was strangely relaxing and suited me well as one who finds attempting to work in silence very inhibiting. It appears I was not the only one with this particular hang-up on my table.
Apart for the pleasure of meeting like-minded new people in similar situations, and the joys of complaining about the difficulty of actually putting words on paper, and the fact that we were a little stretched for table space (those of us with with laptops and notes-although perhaps our proximity added to the feeling of unity) I felt I had achieved a few inches of useable prose and some inspiration for a fresh writing approach. As testimony to the appeal of the afternoon several writers declared their interest in attending the next session.”
Finally we had a couple of comments of Facebook:
Thanks so much everyone for your valuable feedback, and do still get in touch if you attended and have anything to add. We are looking forward to the next Research Hive Shut Up and Write on Tuesday 11th December at 2.30 in the Library Cafe.
In the meantime, a group of MFM students have already held an informal Shut Up and Write event of their own, so why not consider doing the same? If you’d like any advice please get in touch.