A post drawn from our new book was published on the Thesis Whisperer blog a fortnight ago. If you want to sign up to find out more about the book, there’s a Writing Trouble Mailing List. Otherwise, you can read the post, with new pictures!, on how your thesis is the map, and not the journey.
So one issue with trying to take a break is that we get so much advice on how to work and very little realistic advice on what to do when we rest. Most rest advice that we do get, is aspirational. Here’s my regular, realistic insider’s view.
It’s a typical piece of advice to give authors of articles and theses, that you need to explain the ‘so what?’ of your contribution. But in English you can use this phrase in two very distinct ways depending on how you say it.