Join me for an event on 21 June on Writing Well / Being Well in Academia, with my series editor Narelle Lemon (Swinburne University) as part of the Wellbeing and Self-care in Higher Education: Embracing Positive Solutions series.
The book I am working on, Writing Well and Being Well for Your PhD and Beyond: How to Cultivate a Strong and Sustainable Writing Practice for Life, uses mindfulness, movement, writing and reflection strategies to make your writing experience as positive as possible.
There is a common myth that because writing a PhD is hard, everything about it should be experienced as being as difficult and as painful as possible. And that time spent on ‘self-care‘ and ‘wellbeing‘ needs to be scheduled in on top of your writing time.
Some parts of writing a PhD will always be a challenge—that’s what we signed up for and are excited about! But this book shows how connecting to your body, mind and heart actually makes for better writing—maybe more efficient, maybe clearer, maybe faster, maybe with fewer errors, maybe with greater improvement between drafts.