Motivation and Encouragement for Dissertation Writers Across Disciplines

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TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 1, Edition 2

In dissertation writing manuals, online resources, TD:D Blog Carnival, writing tips on July 29, 2010 at 5:00 am

Welcome to the second edition of the TD:D Blog Carnival!

In this week’s blog round-up, I’m happy to share several posts that include writing tips for dissertation writers, a response to one of the posts here at TD:D, as well as some posts about a recommended writing manual.

Enjoy the posts and make sure to check back next week for another edition of the TD:D blog carnival.

Writing Tips

The Ten Best Books About Writing by Paste Magazine

My Twitter buddy @glymmers clued me in to this great post on writing manuals.  I’ve read four of the ten that are listed (and I liked them all) and now I have some more books to add to my to-read pile.  My favorite of the ten is The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (affiliate link) – stay tuned for a couple informative links about the book below.

Writing a Dissertation is Hard.  Make It Easier. By Howard Buddin

You may remember Howard at The Buddin Research Dynamo for his posts on the paperless dissertation that I talked about several posts ago.  This post includes some great time-saving tips for dissertation writers as well as information on writing more efficiently using technology.

Reader Response

To Watch or Not to Watch by Miss LLA

In her post, Miss LLA responds to an earlier TD:D post about whether dissertation writers should kill their televisions.  I love her honest discussion about how television impacts her dissertation writing and productivity.

TD:D Book Recommendation

I started reading Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (affiliate link) this week and I highly recommend it for dissertation writers who struggle with procrastination or productivity.  Or those who don’t.  Ok, really, I just want to recommend the book to everyone who is facing a large creative project.

In his book, Pressfield discusses what he called Resistance – the thing that keeps us from doing the writing that we should be doing on a regular basis.  My favorite part of the book, however, is when Pressfield discusses what it means for a writer to become a Pro. This section is one of the best things I’ve read on what it means to incorporate writing into your life like you really mean it.  It’s great for dissertation writers planning to enter into the academy or for those of us that just like writing.

If you want to learn more about Pressfield’s book, check out the following posts:

Write Like a Pro by Julianne Douglas

In this post, Julianne Douglas, a historical fiction writer with a PhD in French Literature offers a detailed description of the book’s three parts and talks about how it’s helped her own writing practice.

Writing Wednesday: Team Perez Edition by Luke Perez

Luke Perez uses concepts from Pressfield’s book to talk about writing first drafts.  He bases his post off of a regular series on Stephen Pressfield’s website called Writing Wednesdays (see below) and shares his experience writing the first draft of his thesis.

Writing Wednesdays by Stephen Pressfield

Intrigued by the ideas in The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (affiliate link)?  Then you might want to check out Pressfield’s own posts on writing that he appear each week on his website.  If you find the posts helpful, you can subscribe to Pressfield’s weekly posts through an RSS feed reader so you don’t miss any.

The TD:D blog carnival is published weekly on Thursday mornings.

If you would like to submit a post for the TD:D blog carnival, email your link to tododisseration[at]gmail[dot]com by the previous Wednesday at noon.

Website Wednesday: Fuel Your Writing

In online resources, Website Wednesday on July 28, 2010 at 5:00 am

I came across Fuel Your Writing through a link on Twitter a few weeks ago.  Fuel Your Writing is a site with frequent posts on motivations tips and strategies for writers in a variety of genres.  Blog posts on the site cover such topics as:

  • Running and Writing: “Runners and writers are very much alike. They are both, in essence, solitary characters, often confined to long, lonely hours of mental or physical exertion, in order to achieve their goals.”
  • Taking a Writing Sabbatical: “I put down my pen, and closed my journal. What followed was relief. For too long I had lost sight as to why I loved writing in the first place. Though it may sound like a cliché, this statement reins true, when writing stops being fun, then stop writing.”
  • Writing and Negativity: “While most of us do our best to build each other up, others insist on destroying morale with their negativity.”

Although the site is primarily for fiction writers, freelancers, and bloggers, I have found some great motivational insights among the posts.

If you find any especially motivating articles at Fuel Your Writing, post links to them in the comments section below.

TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 1, Edition 1

In TD:D Blog Carnival on July 22, 2010 at 5:00 am

Welcome to the first edition of the TD:D Blog Carnival!

In this week’s blog round-up, I’m happy to share several posts that include writing tips and tricks for dissertation writers, a cautionary tale, and a great review of a dissertation writing manual.

Enjoy the posts and make sure to check back next week for another edition of the TD:D blog carnival.

Writing Tips

73 Ways to Become a Better Writer by Mary Jaksch

Want to improve your writing skills?  Check out this wide range of suggestions – everything from learn a new word a day to mindmapping to reading grammar books.

6 Ways to Avoid Letting Your Computer Distract You by Brian Croxall

In this article, Croxall offers quick reviews of various software options that help you to focus on your writing without being distracted by your email, the internet, social media updates, etc.  Most applications reviews are for Macs, but at least one can be used on Windows machines.  Don’t forget to check out the great discussion following the article in the comments section.

Cautionary Tales

Keeping It All Together: A Cautionary Tale by Linda704

I definitely recommend this post by my Twitter and Facebook buddy Linda704 who writes about why staying on top of your data can help save dissertation writers time, stress, and frustration.

Reviews

Demystifying Dissertation Writing Part 1: Chapters 1-5 by ProtoScholar

This is a great, in-depth review of the first several chapters of Peg Boyle Single’s Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text (affiliate link), a book that I included in the first-ever TD:D Giveaway post.  If you’ve been thinking about whether you might like to buy the book (or check it out from your local library), this detailed review might help you decide.

The TD:D blog carnival is published weekly on Thursday mornings.

If you would like to submit a post for the TD:D blog carnival, email your link to tododisseration[at]gmail[dot]com by the previous Wednesday at noon.