Motivation and Encouragement for Dissertation Writers Across Disciplines

TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 2, Edition 1

In online resources, TD:D Blog Carnival on August 5, 2010 at 5:25 am

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

In this week’s blog round-up, I’ve included an audio recommendation on writing, some motivational tools, and a post on what dissertation writers can learn from Frodo of The Lord of the Rings.

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

Motivation

What’s The Story? Writers Reveal Why They Write by NPR

If you are a frequent podcast listener, you might want to add this gem to your list.  In this audio interview with a variety of fiction and non-fiction authors, writers discuss what motivates and inspires them to write.  This podcast made me think about my own rationale for writing (check back for that post tomorrow).

Write or Die by Dr. Wicked

Thanks again to one of my Twitter buddies for alerting me to this motivational site.  With this web application, you to enter a word goal or time goal for your session.  Then you write in a box and if you stop writing, you receive a consequence like a reminder in a pop-up box or an unpleasant noise.  If you choose “kamikaze mode” your writing will actually start to erase itself if you don’t write for too long!

Frodo Baggins, A.B.D. by Susie J. Lee

The author of this post discusses the parallels between the experiences of Frodo in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and a dissertation writer.  I like several of the connections that Lee makes, but here’s one of my favorites: “Like many a dissertator, Frodo’s terrible and treacherous mission has a dual nature. He cannot, and does not, accomplish the goal without the help of others, but ultimately, he must bear the great load alone.”

For Fun

The Popular Culture Ph.D. by Jeffrey Johnson

I came across this blog and it was just too fun not to share.  The author posts daily “academic insults” – check them out when you need a break from dissertation writing.

Dissertation Writing and Life Balance
Planning Now for the 2010 Holiday Season by Nels P. Highberg
I appreciate this post from The Chronicle about what academic can do now “as summer wanes that will make our lives easier in a few months.”  If you don’t want your dissertation writing to be too disrupted by the holidays or if you are facing a December deadline for your writing, you may want to check out this post about how you can start planning ahead for the holidays now.

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.

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