Motivation and Encouragement for Dissertation Writers Across Disciplines

TD:D Blog Carnival: Volume 5, Edition 1

In online resources, TD:D Blog Carnival on November 11, 2010 at 5:30 am

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

Thanks to Tim for a great guest review last week!  Make sure to check out his website in addition to the great links below.

Enjoy this week’s posts and make sure to check back next week for another edition.


How to Get Past the NaNoWriMo Danger Point and Finish Your Novel by Hillary Rettig

Although this post is focused on helping writers get past the “Week Two Doldrums” that occur when writing a novel in a month’s time, the five suggestions Rettig offers are also highly applicable for dissertation writers experiencing a slump.

How to Harness the Power of Momentum by Katie Tallo

“It can carry you like a strong current carries a fallen leaf. It can ground you like an early morning walk through the woods. It can move you like wind moves a cloud across the summer sky. It can ignite your spirit and make you feel like you can do anything.  It is momentum – that invisible, universal force that can saturate your every choice, your every step, your every breath, your every moment of resolve with vibrant, joyful energy. Momentum can surge you forward and it can pull you under. It goes with your flow, follows your lead and enhances your trajectory.”

How to Put Yourself Into an Effortless Writing Zone by James Chartrand

“Writing can be a struggle. But for most writers, the writing isn’t the hard part. Come on, think about it. You don’t struggle (too much) over how to spell words or use proper grammar. You know how to put a reasonable piece of content together. It might need to sit overnight for that final polish, but you aren’t a beginner learning the basics anymore. The killer is starting.”

The Writing Life

Wake Up! 7 Simple Ways to Energize Your Writing Powers by Dean Rieck

“Do you sometimes feel like you’re in a rut with writing? We all do from time to time. It comes from getting too comfortable with the way we do things. We fall into familiar patterns and it puts us to sleep. But waking yourself up isn’t as hard as you might think.”

The Beauty of Paper by Jennie Nash

“This morning I printed out 60 pages of my new novel to read for the first time on paper. I sharpened a pencil, cleared some space at the kitchen table, made a cup of tea, sat down, and read what I have so far.  Why today? I’m not sure. It just felt right.  And what’s the big deal about paper? Things look different on paper. They just do. You can read something a hundred times on the screen, but when you read it on paper, it has a different rhythm, a different sound. Your eye catches different things, and it feels somehow more real.”

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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