It will be no surprise to anyone that I hear a lot of writing advice—some good, some less helpful. But some of it is just literally untrue, and yet the myths are so pervasive that people believe they are terrible writers because they are not following that advice.
Thanks to Anuja Cabraal who asked this question! It’s about 2,500 words of answer, so this is absolutely a Definitive … More
All of this works because we start doing the work. By not delaying the real work through endless reading and procrastination, we start working towards our end goal, in ways that actually contribute to our goals. That is, we start making words on the page that can be added to and refined until you have enough good enough words to submit a passable PhD thesis.
You know how it is. You’ve been working on an article forever, but it just isn’t working. You need to … More
I’ve been doing a bit of a deep dive into stuff I know about writing because of my English Literature … More
A post drawn from our new book was published on the Thesis Whisperer blog a fortnight ago. If you want … More
In my last post on this stuff, I talked about how it feels to be a first time supervisor. I … More
For nearly everyone doing a PhD–this is your first time. You’ve never done this before, and you’re learning the ropes … More
A doctorate propels you towards the real world of scholarship. You will be a teacher, a researcher, an author. This is not a test. No-one else knows the answer to this stuff, that’s why you are making ‘an original contribution to knowledge’.
How do you chose a research question? How do you decide what it is that you are going to spend … More