- PhD research publications, authorship disputes and writing blocks
- Writing practice failure pays unexpected dividend
- “The Words” – a story of a blocked writer telling a story about a plagiarized story.
- “The Life of Pi” is a tale of writing woes, and a hero with a tiger in his tank
- When enthusiastic feedback activates writer’s block
Tag Archives: dissertation
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
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
Paul Simon will assure you in his song that there really are fifty ways to leave your advisor, but I only have space in this blog post to discuss four of them. Forgive me – at least it’s a start. PhD students … Continue reading
Writing and riding have a lot in common, in addition to being (almost) homonyms. Both are learned skills that demand patience, a sense of control, discipline and an ongoing relationship with a powerful beast. The beasts are: 1) a real … Continue reading
Our education trains us to perform written assignments for deadlines. The 10-step cycle goes like this: 1) the task is assigned, 2) you put it off, 3) you procrastinate some more, 4) you begin to feel a dim sense of … Continue reading
Sometimes a nutty professor isn’t so funny, especially if he/she is making it hard to finish your dissertation. It’s hard enough to do all that is required in planning, proposing, researching, and writing up a thesis, and when your advisor … Continue reading
Dissertation writing is often the most challenging part of the Ph.D. program for many reasons. Granted, it’s supposed to be hard, because you are exploring new areas of research, and this is demanding on many levels. Dissertations are often several-year … Continue reading