Motivation and Encouragement for Dissertation Writers Across Disciplines

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.


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.

  1. i have a Mac and I use the Freedom application and i really like it. yes, it does turn off access to the internet completely for whatever time frame you set, but after that time period is up you get your access back and everything updates (twitter, e-mail, google reader, etc.). i haven’t tried any of the other applications in croxall’s list, but what i do like about Freedom is that i don’t have to decide what i’ll have access to and what i won’t have access to. if you’re one of those people who doesn’t feel like they have the patience or time to tell the application what to turn on and what to turn off, then Freedom is a good choice. also, the more i use it during dissertation writing, the more i become aware of the amount of time that i need no distractions. i frequently choose 90 minutes. after that it’s time for me to get up and take a break, find something snack on, etc. also, i must have an earlier version of Freedom b/c although when the time frame expires i get a screen that asks me if i want to exit, donate, register, i always hit exit and i’ve still been able to run the application without making the donation.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience with this program. I’ve never used it myself, but I like the sound of it because when I switch back and forth between Twitter, FB, and other online distractions, no matter how quickly I glance at updates, it still takes time and energy away from thinking that could be contributing to my dissertation work. These distractions can be incredibly disruptive. I think this could be a great program for those of us who may struggle with multi-tasking – and maybe even for those of us who excel at it!

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