Category Archives: PhD and dissertation/thesis writing issues

The terrible cry of the blocked writer: part two

“I have plenty of time to write but I waste enormous amounts of time on insignificant tasks or just sleeping. I dread actually sitting down at my desk and beginning to write. I’ll find any excuse to do something else. … Continue reading

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Registration is now open for my fall class at Stanford; space is limited

Click this link to go to register for my upcoming class“Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination” (EGL 96, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm) offered through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, Mondays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm 5 weeks, September 24 – October 22 1 unit(s), $260 … Continue reading

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Writing Blocks and Orchid Screenplays: How Do You Do Something You Don’t Know How to Do?

To grow and develop as a writer you need to face challenges and problems that are new. This means plunging into projects that you do not have a clear road map for, and somehow trusting that you will find your … Continue reading

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I’ll be teaching a Continuing Studies class at Stanford University, beginning September 24th

I am pleased to announce I will be teaching a five-week class through Stanford’s Continuing Education Program beginning on Monday, September 24, 2012 entitled: “Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination.”  Registration begins in late August. This class will be limited to 30 participants … Continue reading

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The Wheel of Suffering: The Procrastination/Binge Writing Cycle: Summary of Blog Posts

In response to several inquiries, I am listing below the links to previous blog posts that explore the “Wheel of Suffering” for procrastinating writers. The basic concept of the wheel is that we perpetuate non-productive behaviors in a recurring, repetitive … Continue reading

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Reading these comics about academic procrastination is a fun way to procrastinate your academics

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When PhD = Procrastinating a Hellish Dissertation. 7 cool tips for chilling out during doctoral hellfire.

It’s pretty easy to get behind on a dissertation. It’s hard work. You have to really want to do it and be able to sustain the emotional, intellectual, financial, political and relationship strains that the process places on you. Sometimes it … Continue reading

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PhD writing block blog posts

Many graduate student Internet surfers find this blog when they enter search terms related to working on their PhD and dissertation. I know there is a lot of pain and anguish that goes into completing a doctoral program, and several … Continue reading

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Completing the PhD: Thesis Stasis Cases

According to a 2008 report prepared by the Council of Graduate Schools’ Ph.D. Completion Project, 57% of PhD students complete their degrees. Though this high drop out rate is not wholly attributable to writing blocks and procrastination, there is research … Continue reading

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Elephant in the room – the challenges of talking with a blocked writer (video)

So, you  know someone who is having some trouble producing the written word. What do you say to them? It’s a risky business. There’s an elephant in the room, and it’s packed with emotion. If you ignore or completely avoid … Continue reading

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