Motivation and Encouragement for Dissertation Writers Across Disciplines

TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 4, Edition 1

In motivation, online resources, TD:D Blog Carnival on October 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

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

Enjoy the posts below and make sure to check back next week for another edition.

Reading Tips

Using Mendeley to Manage Readings and Citations by Meagan Kittle Autry

“It seems that half of the battle in a PhD program is not doing the work, but knowing how to accomplish it. Sure, I can read through five journal article PDFs for a class, but what’s the best way of going about reading/annotating/synthesizing and coming up with discussion points for class?”

Reading Strategies for Graduate Students by Meagan Kittle Autry

“I want to think seriously about reading strategies and how graduate students can not only get all of the reading done, but get something out of it also. Here’s what I’ve got thus far.”

The Writing Life

Walking and Talking by Jennie Nash

“I often walk with friends from my neighborhood or my kid’s school. We meet in the morning right after we drop off kids, and walk for an hour or more, either at the beach, on trails that wind their way around the hilly peninsula near us, or if we’re in a hurry, near our homes. None of these women are writers, or editors, or anyone working in the book business, but when I walk with them, I get some of my best story ideas.”

The Best Writing Rituals by The Huffington Post

“Some authors write standing, while some write lying down. Some write early in the morning, while others stay up all night. Some write in a warm blanket, while others write in nothing at all!.  All told, writers are a quirky breed of people often deeply invested in a bevy of strange habits to get them in the mood to work. So, what are the best circumstances under which to write? What are the best #writingrituals?”

Being Real

Advising the Dissertation Student Who Won’t Finish by Leonard Cassuto

“A former graduate student wrote me a note a few months ago to thank me for helping him drop out. What’s wrong with that picture? Nothing, except that we don’t see it often enough.”

For Fun

What Book Would Prompt You to Talk to a Stranger? by Nathan Bransford

Looking for some non-dissertation reading?  Scroll through the comments in response to this question – some great (and funny) suggestions!

The TD:D blog carnival is published weekly on Thursdays.

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

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  1. Thanks for the mention! Love reading your blog. 🙂

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