Eight weeks of writing. Where have these eight weeks taken you? Again, I note the awareness of writing that this writing group has provided for so many of us. A consciousness, a mindfulness of the process. And, dare I say a new enjoyment of the writing process?
In this week’s Writers’ Workshop post Dr. Funding, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Grant Writing, Robin Bernstein reflects on grant writing. In the discipline, we perhaps most commonly think of grant writing as utilitarian, as a formulaic type of writing once has to do to get to the real work of anthropology. And yet, Robin offers us a gift here in terms of thinking of grant writing as generative of not just money, but also pleasure in one’s work. She writes:
Reading and re-reading drafts of a proposal serves to reaffirm my excitement for the work, and that enthusiasm becomes incorporated into the proposal with each revision. It is possible that I am an anomaly in taking pleasure in this process. But perhaps it is just that it allows me to tap into the optimism, enthusiasm, and excitement that led me to choose a career in research in the first place. I can unreservedly dream about what could be, rather than fret about what has come to pass – I can live in a future of my own making while I am writing a grant proposal.
Taking pleasure in the process. This is a whole different approach to anticipatory anthropology, and to anthropological temporality in general—reflecting on one’s home in anthropology and where it might take you next.
So, as we move in to the last two weeks of the writing group, where are you now, and where are you going? Eight weeks down, two more to go…..