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 don’t get knocked down and bounce back stronger. At least not immediately.
A couple of people in my wider circle have recently asked me about how to get started on a PhD … More
On the one hand, of course a PhD is ‘hard’–as in ‘has a high difficulty setting’ and also ‘is a … More
A post drawn from our new book was published on the Thesis Whisperer blog a fortnight ago. If you want … More
This is, perhaps, one of the biggest questions for many PhD candidates. Candidates know they need to make an ‘original … More
On this blog, and in programs I’m involved in like Thesis Boot Camp and Shut Up and Write, we frequently … More
I’ve addressed some of these questions before, particularly in Building your thesis on the corpses of your enemies and in my … More
Often candidates and researchers come to talk to me when they are trying to get back into academic writing after … More
One of the biggest challenges for PhD candidates, and any writer, is motivation. There is little external motivation beyond ‘getting … More