FAQs for the SUW

Thanks to a shout out from Shit Academics Say, we’ve had a lot of interest in Shut Up & Write Tuesdays this week. So much interest, in fact, that we’re getting calluses on our fingers from responding to all the queries. So to avoid dashing our hopes of becoming hand models, we’ve put the most frequently asked questions and our responses below. Happy writing!

How do I get involved if I’m not on Twitter?
You can definitely still get involved if you don’t have a Twitter account. Just go to the account that best suits your timezone (https://twitter.com/SUWTues if you’re in the Asia-Pacific; https://twitter.com/SUWTNA if you’re in North America; or https://twitter.com/SUWTUK if you’re in the UK or Europe) and follow along at the scheduled date and time.

That said, we encourage you to get a Twitter account because it allows you to engage more fully in the sessions – saying hello, telling us what you’re working on, sharing your progress, and encouraging the progress of others. This keeps you accountable and makes you feel part of a supportive academic community.

Do you do any days other than Tuesday?
No. We are all volunteers who have full-time academic jobs & fabulously glamorous lives, so we have our hands full just running sessions on Tuesdays. But there’s nothing to stop you doing a DIY version on the other days and sharing your progress using the hashtag #suwtues. We love seeing you embrace the concept in the rest of your week and basking in the glow of your achievements.

Do you use any other social media platforms?
No. See above re our amazing lives. We also find Twitter to be the most conducive to our goals of helping you write and building a supportive community of like-minded folk.

Are there offline groups?
Yes. There are wonderful Shut Up & Write groups at universities and libraries all around the world, and we encourage you to join one. If there isn’t one in your area, be brave and start you own! As Kevin Costner showed us, if you build it, they will come.

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So I just shut up & write? Surely there’s more to it?
Nope, that’s it. You just shut up and write. As Pete Seeger said, “Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.”

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