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When the PhD Dissertation Goes on Forever

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

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Desperate cry from beyond the grave, “It was only a first draft!”

I heard about a young man who wouldn’t start his screenplay because of the worry that if he died unexpectedly before it was done, someone might find his unfinished manuscript and conclude he was a terrible writer. He would, of course, … Continue reading

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Writing and Sacrifice

To fully embrace writing, you have to make peace with the sacrifices involved. There is a price to pay and reluctance to accepting this reality can inhibit your productivity. First of all, to do it properly, you have to dedicate … Continue reading

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“Sylvia” is definitely not a feel-good flick, but it portrays writer’s block well.

I put the movie Sylvia in my DVD player with trepidation. I knew I wasn’t in for a laugh-fest, but I’m compulsive about watching movies that depict the writing process, so I soldiered on. The movie turned out to be quite good, … Continue reading

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The Path is the Goal is the Path is the Goal: Write Daily

An oft prescribed cure for writer’s block is to write every day. It might  seem strange, and possibly stupid, to tell a blocked writer to do the very thing he or she cannot do, and call that a remedy. Would … Continue reading

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Dealing with Relapses

If you find that you are unable to make a plan, or that you start off well but get blocked again after a while, do not despair. This is not a sign that there is no hope, only that there are additional … Continue reading

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Make a New Plan, Stan

Paul Simon’s song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover begins with the words “The problem’s all inside your head she said to me.” Paul is writing about the challenges of leaving a lover, and in the chorus he makes the recommendation,“Make a new plan, … Continue reading

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