College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

  Harry Thorne,
  WAC Coordinator
  Office: Building 2S Rm 227
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Writing Across the Curriculum/
Writing in the Disciplines
for Students

 Leave a little bit of writing energy and
 enthusiasm in the tank.

When writing is going great, it can be tempting to use every last drop of your writing energy each day. This is called “binge writing,” and it is really unhealthy for your writing life. The problem is that we can only do that so long.

Writing professors sometimes talk about stopping the day’s writing on a high note—leaving your writing when you feel great about it, not when you’re frustrated with it.

Other professors say that they like to “park on a downward slope.” They’re referencing how cars that have manual transmissions are much easier to start when they’re parked to head down a hill instead of up. This means that they stop writing halfway through a paragraph or sentence that they feel good about so that they know exactly where they want to start the next day.

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